repentance

noun re·pen·tance \ ri-ˈpen-tᵊn(t)s \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of repentance

:the action or process of repenting especially for misdeeds or moral shortcomings

Examples of repentance in a Sentence

  1. preached that repentance was the first step on the path of redemption

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First Known Use of repentance

14th century

Synonym Discussion of repentance

penitence, repentance, contrition, compunction, remorse mean regret for sin or wrongdoing. penitence implies sad and humble realization of and regret for one's misdeeds.
    • absolution is dependent upon sincere penitence
repentance adds the implication of a resolve to change.
    • repentance accompanied by a complete change of character
contrition stresses the sorrowful regret that constitutes true penitence.
    • tearful expressions of contrition
compunction implies a painful sting of conscience especially for contemplated wrongdoing.
    • had no compunctions about taking back what is mine
remorse suggests prolonged and insistent self-reproach and mental anguish for past wrongs and especially for those whose consequences cannot be remedied.
    • thieves untroubled by feelings of remorse

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REPENTANCE Defined for Kids

repentance

noun re·pen·tance \ ri-ˈpen-tᵊns \

Definition of repentance for Students

:the action or process of acknowledging regret for having done something wrong


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