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[ri-pen-tnt, -pen-tuh nt] /rɪˈpɛn tnt, -ˈpɛn tənt/
repenting; penitent; experiencing repentance.
characterized by or showing repentance:
a repentant mood.
Origin of repentant
1250-1300; Middle English repentaunt < Old French repentant (present participle of repentir). See repent1, -ant
Related forms
repentantly, adverb
half-repentant, adjective
nonrepentant, adjective
nonrepentantly, adverb
unrepentant, adjective
unrepentantly, adverb Unabridged
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  • He renounced the world and stood so long in repentant silence that vines grew over his limbs.
British Dictionary definitions for repentant


reproaching oneself for one's past actions or sins; contrite
characterized by or proceeding from a sense of contrition: a repentant heart, his repentant words
Derived Forms
repentantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for repentant

early 13c., from Old French repentant "penitent" (12c.), present participle of repentir (see repent).

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