penitential

adjective pen·i·ten·tial \ ˌpe-nə-ˈten(t)-shəl \

Definition of penitential

:of or relating to penitence or penance

penitentially

play \ˌpe-nə-ˈten(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

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First Known Use of penitential

before 12th century


PENITENTIAL Defined for English Language Learners

penitential

adjective

Definition of penitential for English Language Learners

  • : relating to the feeling of being sorry for doing something wrong : relating to penitence or penance


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