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penitent

adjective pen·i·tent \ ˈpe-nə-tənt \

Definition of penitent

:feeling or expressing humble or regretful pain or sorrow for sins or offenses :repentant

penitently

adverb

Examples of penitent in a Sentence

  1. a penitent gossip who had come to ask for forgiveness

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Origin and Etymology of penitent

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French penitent, from Latin paenitent-, paenitens, from present participle of paenitēre to cause regret, feel regret, perhaps from paene almost

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penitent

noun

Definition of penitent

1 :a person who repents of sin
2 :a person under church censure but admitted to penance or reconciliation especially under the direction of a confessor

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First Known Use of penitent

14th century


PENITENT Defined for English Language Learners

penitent

adjective

Definition of penitent for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or showing sorrow and regret because you have done something wrong


penitent

noun

Definition of penitent for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is sorry for doing something wrong and asks for forgiveness : a penitent person


PENITENT Defined for Kids

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penitent

adjective pen·i·tent \ ˈpe-nə-tənt \

Definition of penitent for Students

:feeling or showing sadness for a person's own sins or faults

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penitent

noun

Definition of penitent for Students

:a person who feels or shows sorrow for sins or faults


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