repentant

adjective
re·​pen·​tant | \ ri-ˈpen-tᵊnt How to pronounce repentant (audio) \

Definition of repentant

1 : experiencing repentance : penitent
2 : expressive of repentance

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Other Words from repentant

repentantly adverb

Examples of repentant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Canadians have been seething over the past week, as one repentant politician after another apologized for taking trips out of the country. New York Times, "Canadian Politicians Face Ire After Taking Trips During the Holidays," 7 Jan. 2021 Once detained, or after turning themselves in, repentant fighters undergo a profiling process and appear before a judicial panel to provide testimonies. The Christian Science Monitor, "Ex-Boko Haram fighters deradicalized, but still unreconciled," 8 Dec. 2020 Among Miami’s Cuban old guard, those who started arriving in the nineties are seen as Comunistas arrepentidos, or repentant Communists. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "How Pro-Trump Disinformation Is Swaying a New Generation of Cuban-American Voters," 26 Oct. 2020 Shaheen, the Taliban spokesman in Doha, seemed anything but repentant. Washington Post, "Taliban want US deal, but some in bigger hurry than others," 12 Sep. 2019 In that climate, Swift argued, defectors like Hoda—young, repentant, and digitally fluent—are unique propaganda assets. Saul Elbein, The New Republic, "Hoda Muthana left the U.S. to join ISIS. Now she wants to return home to stand trial, but the Trump administration won’t let her. She is a test case for the future of birthright citizenship.," 23 Mar. 2020 But if there’s a way to make even that event feel repentant and contrite, the MFA will surely find it. BostonGlobe.com, "As museums evolve, the MFA marks 150th anniversary by embracing change - The Boston Globe," 11 Oct. 2019 Nick Cartell superbly embodies every facet of Valjean’s character — from angry, vengeful young man to repentant middle-age man to noble elder. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Les Miserables’: A beautiful message, beautifully told | Review," 23 Oct. 2019 Yet when Franklin performs it, the song recaptures the raw emotion that drove the man who wrote it, a repentant sinner praying for God’s grace in a moment of moral peril. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "Aretha: Her story was in her songs," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of repentant

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Repentant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repentant. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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repentant

adjective
re·​pen·​tant | \ ri-ˈpen-tᵊnt How to pronounce repentant (audio) \

Kids Definition of repentant

: feeling or showing regret for something said or done

Other Words from repentant

repentantly adverb

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