im·​pen·​i·​tent (ˌ)im-ˈpe-nə-tənt How to pronounce impenitent (audio)
: not penitent
impenitently adverb

Examples of impenitent in a Sentence

an impenitent criminal who said he'd do it all over again, given the chance
Recent Examples on the Web Just look at the impenitent subject: the deep furrow between his eyebrows and the one that contours his cheek seem to want to connect and form a kind of scar in shadow. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 25 Aug. 2023 But they were also imbued with a sense of impenitent joy that was paramount to the show. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 June 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from Late Latin impaenitent-, impaenitens, from Latin in- + paenitent-, paenitens penitent

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of impenitent was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Impenitent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


im·​pen·​i·​tent (ˈ)im-ˈpen-ə-tənt How to pronounce impenitent (audio)
: not sorry for having done wrong
impenitently adverb

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