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repent

verb re·pent \ ri-ˈpent \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of repent

intransitive verb
1 : to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life
2 a : to feel regret or contrition
b : to change one's mind
transitive verb
1 : to cause to feel regret or contrition
2 : to feel sorrow, regret, or contrition for

repenter

noun

Examples of repent in a Sentence

  1. The preacher told us that we would be forgiven for our sins if we repented.

  2. criminals who have repented for their crimes

  3. The preacher told us that we would be forgiven if we repented our sins.

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Origin and Etymology of repent

Middle English, from Anglo-French repentir, from Medieval Latin repoenitēre, from Latin re- + Late Latin poenitēre to feel regret, alteration of Latin paenitēre — more at penitent

repent Synonyms

Synonyms
bemoan, deplore, lament, regret, rue
Related Words
ache (for), bewail, grieve (for), mourn, sorrow (for)
Near Antonyms
delight (in), enjoy, relish, revel (in), savor (also savour)

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repent

adjective re·pent \ ˈrē-pənt \

Definition of repent

: creeping, prostrate
  • repent stems

Origin and Etymology of repent

Latin repent-, repens, present participle of repere to creep — more at reptile


REPENT Defined for English Language Learners

repent

verb

Definition of repent for English Language Learners

  • : to feel or show that you are sorry for something bad or wrong that you did and that you want to do what is right


REPENT Defined for Kids

repent

verb re·pent \ ri-ˈpent \

Definition of repent for Students

repented; repenting
: to acknowledge regret for having done something wrong
  • Repent. Say that you are sorry …”
  • —Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux


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