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

Definition of repentant

1 : experiencing repentance : penitent
2 : expressive of repentance

Other Words from repentant

repentantly adverb

Examples of repentant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the music world, Morgan Wallen and DaBaby will never have a shortage of fans, but will they be reembraced by mainstream media and culture, having been deemed insufficiently repentant for their offenses? Diane Garrett, Variety, 21 Dec. 2021 The new statement, sent by Stringfellow to Variety and also posted on his Twitter account, doesn’t acknowledge any specific wrongs but strikes a more repentant tone than the previous one. Chris Willman, Variety, 27 Oct. 2021 For many critics, Spanish and foreign, one of the best new films at San Sebastian, a sober Basque conflict reconciliation drama recounting the meetings with towering performances from Luis Tosar as a repentant ETA assassin and his victim’s widow. John Hopewell, Variety, 20 Oct. 2021 However, these subjects of a repentant reckoning were long thought of, if at all, with fear and condescension, even by their putative political representatives in the Democratic Party. Pankaj Mishra, The New York Review of Books, 20 Oct. 2021 The memo said that Mazzocco tried to tell others in the crowd not to take or destroy any property in the Capitol and that, despite trying to get rid of incriminating evidence against him, Mazzocco is now contrite and repentant. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Oct. 2021 Some say church discipline provides a helpful tool for repentant sinners and needed protection for the faith’s integrity. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 June 2021 Porter's showcase episode finds Pray traveling home to make things right with his biological family, including a repentant aunt played by none other than Jackée Harry. Kristen Baldwin,, 28 Apr. 2021 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, 7 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of repentant

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Repentant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for repentant


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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Nglish: Translation of repentant for Spanish Speakers

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