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adjective pen·i·tent \-tənt\

Definition of penitent

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

penitently

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Examples of penitent in a sentence

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

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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noun pen·i·tent

Definition of penitent

  1. 1 :  a person who repents of sin

  2. 2 :  a person under church censure but admitted to penance or reconciliation especially under the direction of a confessor

14th Century

First Known Use of penitent

14th century


PENITENT Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective pen·i·tent \-tənt\

Definition of penitent for English Language Learners

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


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noun pen·i·tent

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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adjective pen·i·tent \ˈpe-nə-tənt\

Definition of penitent for Students

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


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noun pen·i·tent

Definition of penitent for Students

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



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