un penitent

penitent

[pen-i-tuhnt]
adjective
1.
feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and disposed to atonement and amendment; repentant; contrite.
noun
2.
a penitent person.
3.
Roman Catholic Church. a person who confesses sin and submits to a penance.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Medieval Latin pēnitent-, Latin paenitent- (stem of paenitēns), present participle of paenitēre to regret; replacing Middle English penaunt < Anglo-French; see penance

penitently, adverb
nonpenitent, adjective, noun
unpenitent, adjective
unpenitently, adverb


1. remorseful, rueful, sorrowful.


1. unrepentant, impenitent.
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penitent (ˈpɛnɪtənt)
 
adj
1.  feeling regret for one's sins; repentant
 
n
2.  a person who is penitent
3.  Christianity
 a.  a person who repents his sins and seeks forgiveness for them
 b.  RC Church a person who confesses his sins to a priest and submits to a penance imposed by him
 
[C14: from Church Latin paenitēns regretting, from paenitēre to repent, of obscure origin]
 
'penitence
 
n
 
'penitently
 
adv

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penitent
late 14c. (adj.), mid-15c. (n.), from O.Fr. pénitent (14c.), from L. paenitentem (see penitence).
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