repentant

adjective
re·pen·tant | \ ri-ˈpen-tᵊnt \

Definition of repentant 

1 : experiencing repentance : penitent

2 : expressive of repentance

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Other words from repentant

repentantly adverb

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But if someone does something wrong and truly has an understanding and is repentant, that’s different. Anna Silman, The Cut, "7 Actresses on Whether the Men of #MeToo Should Get a Path to Redemption," 1 May 2018 To his supporters, Bell is a model for how a repentant, rehabilitated prisoner can return to society. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Police, widow blast New York decision to parole 3-time cop killer," 30 Apr. 2018 The party decides which ex-communists are repentant patriots (PiS’s ranks are full of such figures), and which are unreformed enemies of the state. The Economist, "Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party is doing lasting damage," 21 Apr. 2018 First published in 1976, this is the classic, the urtext, the model for a memoir by an angry or repentant former political official. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, "With tell-all, Comey joins club of ex-officials turned scribes," 13 Apr. 2018 One day, King receives a letter from Nathali Malcolm, the now-repentant woman who set him up more than a decade earlier. Michael Berry, San Antonio Express-News, "Book Down the River 0318," 14 Mar. 2018 But rather than a triumphant story of adventure and riches, the S.S. Central America, considered by many the Titanic of the 19th century, has become a cautionary tale of ambition, costly legal battles, embittered friendships and repentant investors. Karla Zabludovsky, Newsweek, "Sunken Ship Laden With Gold Lures Treasure Hunters – Again," 19 Mar. 2014 My dad, in contrast to my mom, had rebelled against God and the church most of his life — drinking and drugs, mostly — only to come back repentant. John Williams, New York Times, "Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Texas Oil Boom Fuels a Family Saga," 11 Feb. 2018 Even though a former Northern League candidate was implicated in the shootings, Salvini was hardly repentant afterward. Washington Post, "A gruesome murder. A hate-filled shooting rampage. And a reckoning with immigration before Italy votes.," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of repentant

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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repentant

adjective
re·pen·tant | \ ri-ˈpen-tᵊnt \

Kids Definition of repentant

: feeling or showing regret for something said or done

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repentantly adverb

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