noun re·pen·tance \ri-ˈpen-tən(t)s\

Definition of REPENTANCE

:  the action or process of repenting especially for misdeeds or moral shortcomings

Examples of REPENTANCE

  1. <preached that repentance was the first step on the path of redemption>

First Known Use of REPENTANCE

14th century

Synonym Discussion of REPENTANCE

penitence, repentance, contrition, compunction, remorse mean regret for sin or wrongdoing. penitence implies sad and humble realization of and regret for one's misdeeds <absolution is dependent upon sincere penitence>. repentance adds the implication of a resolve to change <repentance accompanied by a complete change of character>. contrition stresses the sorrowful regret that constitutes true penitence <tearful expressions of contrition>. compunction implies a painful sting of conscience especially for contemplated wrongdoing <had no compunctions about taking back what is mine>. remorse suggests prolonged and insistent self-reproach and mental anguish for past wrongs and especially for those whose consequences cannot be remedied <thieves untroubled by feelings of remorse>.

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with REPENTANCE

REPENTANCE Defined for Kids


noun re·pen·tance \ri-ˈpen-təns\

Definition of REPENTANCE for Kids

:  the action or process of acknowledging regret for having done something wrong


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