Complete Definition of "penitent"

English

Pronunciation
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Adjective
en-adj
#Feeling pain or sorrow on account of sins or offenses; repentant; contrite; sincerely affected by a sense of guilt, and resolved on amendment of life.
#* 1838, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, B. Blake, page 730,
#*: If thou be penitent and grieved, or desirous to be so, these heinous sins shall not be laid to thy charge.
#Doing penance.

Noun
en-noun
#One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his transgressions.
#One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance.
#* 1837, William Russell, The History of Modern Europe: with an Account of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Longman, Rees, & Co., page 20,
#*:Wamba, who defeated the Saracens in an attempt upon Spain, was deprived of the crown, because he had been clothed in the habit of a penitent, while labouring under the influence of poison, administered by the ambitious Erviga!
#One under the direction of a confessor.

Synonyms
penaunt

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