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

Definition of penitential 

: of or relating to penitence or penance

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penitentially \ˌpe-nə-ˈten(t)-sh(ə-)lē \ adverb

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Sitting through the longueurs of Simon’s book shouldn’t have to be the penitential price for our enjoyment of the musical portion of the show. Charles Mcnulty,, "'Sweet Charity' from Reprise: The dancing never gets old, but the book could use a nip and tuck," 23 June 2018 The 40-day penitential period of Lent helps Christians prepare to appreciate the joy of Easter. Greg Garrison,, "Alabama Bishop: 'I don't like Lent'," 14 Feb. 2018 Graf said, referring to the definition of penitential communication under state law. Dana Littlefield,, "Do members of the clergy have to report abuse? Yes and no," 29 Apr. 2017 This disciplinary practice of abstaining from meat on the Fridays in Lent is an important dimension of the penitential nature of the season. Craig Lazzeretti, The Mercury News, "Corned beef on Friday during Lent? Oakland bishop says yes on St. Patty’s Day," 8 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of penitential

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of penitential was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of penitential

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

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