repenter

repent

1 [ri-pent]
verb (used without object)
1.
to feel sorry, self-reproachful, or contrite for past conduct; regret or be conscience-stricken about a past action, attitude, etc. (often followed by of ): He repented after his thoughtless act.
2.
to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed to change one's life for the better; be penitent.
verb (used with object)
3.
to remember or regard with self-reproach or contrition: to repent one's injustice to another.
4.
to feel sorry for; regret: to repent an imprudent act.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English repenten < Old French repentir, equivalent to re- re- + pentir to feel sorrow (< Latin paenitēre to regret, be sorry); see penitent

repenter, noun
repentingly, adverb
unrepented, adjective
unrepenting, adjective
unrepentingly, adverb
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repent1 (rɪˈpɛnt)
 
vb
to feel remorse (for); be contrite (about); show penitence (for): he repents of his extravagance; he repented his words
 
[C13: from Old French repentir from re- + pentir to be contrite, from Latin paenitēre to repent]
 
re'penter1
 
n

repent2 (ˈriːpənt)
 
adj
botany lying or creeping along the ground; reptant: repent stems
 
[C17: from Latin rēpere to creep]

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repent
late 13c., "to feel regret for sins or crimes," from O.Fr. repentir (11c.), from re-, intensive prefix, + V.L. *penitire "to regret," from L. poenitire "make sorry," from poena (see penal). The distinction between regret (q.v.) and repent is made
in many modern languages, but the differentiation is not present in older periods. Repentance is recorded from c.1300, from O.Fr. repentance (12c.).
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