penitence

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First attested circa 13th century, from Middle English penitence, from Old French penitence, from Latin paenitentia (repentance, penitence), from paenitēns (penitent), present active participle of paeniteō (regret, repent).

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  • enPR: pĕnʹĭ-təns

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penitence (uncountable)

  1. Condition of being penitent.
  2. Feeling of regret or remorse for doing wrong or sinning.

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