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penitential

[pen-i-ten-shuh l] /ˌpɛn ɪˈtɛn ʃəl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, proceeding from, or expressive of penitence or repentance.
noun
2.
3.
a book or code of canons relating to penance, its imposition, etc.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < Medieval Latin pēnitēntiālis, Late Latin paenitēntiālis. See penitent, -ial
Related forms
penitentially, adverb
unpenitential, adjective
unpenitentially, adverb
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Examples from the web for penitential
  • And so the strict rule he imposed on himself was not a penitential act but a security measure.
  • She from that time led a penitential retired life, and dying fifteen years after, was buried near his relics.
  • The example of his conversion moved sixty gentlemen to devote themselves to an austere penitential life.
  • The penitential austerities which she practised, were such as seemed rather to suit a recluse than one who lived in a court.
  • In these dispositions he embraced the penitential and laborious state of a poor monk.
  • Pepita did not wish to retire to a convent, nor did she incline to a penitential life.
British Dictionary definitions for penitential

penitential

/ˌpɛnɪˈtɛnʃəl/
adjective
1.
of, showing, or constituting penance
noun
2.
(mainly RC Church) a book or compilation of instructions for confessors
3.
a less common word for penitent (sense 2), penitent (sense 3)
Derived Forms
penitentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for penitential
adj.

c.1500, from Medieval Latin penitentialis, from Latin paenitentia "repentance" (see penitence).

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