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noun 
  1. One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his transgressions.
  2. 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 , while labouring under the influence of poison, administered by the ambitious Erviga!
    • One under the direction of a confessor.
adjective 
  1. 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 and grieved, or desirous to be so, these heinous sins shall not be laid to thy charge.
    • Doing penance.

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