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See also: pénitent
- Feeling pain or sorrow on account of one's sins or offenses; feeling sincere guilt.
- 1671, John Milton, “(please specify the page)”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398:
- Be penitent, and for thy fault contrite.
- Doing penance.
- c. 1594, William Shakespeare, “The Comedie of Errors”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene ii]:
- […] But we that know what ’tis to faſt and pray, / Are penitent for your default to day.
feeling pain or sorrow on account of sins or offenses
penitent (plural penitents)
- One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his or her transgressions.
- One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance.
- Hyponym: consistent
- 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.
one who repents of sin
one undergoing penance
one under the direction of a confessor
- “penitent” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “penitent” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- penitent at OneLook Dictionary Search
Declension of penitent