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 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 James Craven, the attorney representing the repentant mobster, last week filed a Manhattan federal court motion that said Gotti, 79, suffers from cardiovascular disease, a likely cancerous growth in at least one lung and other ailments. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Peter Gotti, Gambino crime family mobster, says he's sorry, seeks release from prison," 5 July 2019 But Edith and Bertie eventually reconciled, with the help of a repentant Mary, leading to a grand Downton Abbey wedding. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Where Did Downton Abbey Leave Off Before the Film?," 1 Sep. 2019 The repentant mogul has already published one book in 2017 about his time in the nick and his autoimmune disease. The Economist, "Thomas Middelhoff reflects on failure in German business," 22 Aug. 2019 Later in the same June debate, Booker called out Rep. Tulsi Gabbard as insufficiently repentant for previous comments many find anti-transgender. Philip Elliott, Time, "2020 Hopefuls Are Talking Transgender Rights, Signaling a Political Shift on the Issue," 21 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of repentant

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Repentant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repentant. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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