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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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Examples from the Web for repentantly
Historical Examples
  • Una crept away to her room and cried over this, but Mary hunted her out, hugged her repentantly and implored forgiveness.

    Rainbow Valley Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • "I'm sure I don't know why I should have expected you to hear of him," declared the lady, repentantly.

  • For all the wrong of slavery requital must be made, submissively, ungrudgingly, repentantly.

  • "It was the idea of being almost distinguished looking that—that gave me a shock," he assured her repentantly.

    A Modern Chronicle, Complete Winston Churchill
  • "Dearest, I wasn't making fun of you," cried Anne repentantly.

    Anne Of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • “I would have done so had I apprehended danger,” she repentantly answered.

    The Shadow of Ashlydyat Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Who throws me aside and refuses forgiveness when it is repentantly implored?

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • Let me have my liberty to begin life over again honestly, repentantly, and with the earnest desire to redeem the past.

    Of High Descent George Manville Fenn
  • In this hour of tribulation, France has turned devoutly and repentantly to religion.

    War Days in Brittany Elsie Deming Jarves
British Dictionary definitions for repentantly


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 repentantly



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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