Definition of penitence
- Forgiveness requires penitence.
the sincerity of the player's penitence is questionable—he began to express remorse only after the suspension was handed down
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First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
: a feeling of deep sadness because you have done something wrong
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