Definition of penitence
: the quality or state of being penitent : sorrow for sins or faults Forgiveness requires penitence.
Examples of penitence in a sentence
the sincerity of the player's penitence is questionable—he began to express remorse only after the suspension was handed down
Origin and Etymology of penitence
Middle English, from Anglo-French penitance, from Medieval Latin poenitentia, alteration of Latin paenitentia regret, from paenitent-, paenitens, present participle
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of penitence
PENITENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of penitence for English Language Learners
: a feeling of deep sadness because you have done something wrong
PENITENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of penitence for Students
: deep sadness that a person feels for his or her sins or faults
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