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repent1

[ri-pent] /rɪˈpɛnt/
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
1250-1300; Middle English repenten < Old French repentir, equivalent to re- re- + pentir to feel sorrow (< Latin paenitēre to regret, be sorry); see penitent
Related forms
repenter, noun
repentingly, adverb
unrepented, adjective
unrepenting, adjective
unrepentingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for un repenting

repent1

/rɪˈpɛnt/
verb
1.
to feel remorse (for); be contrite (about); show penitence (for) he repents of his extravagance, he repented his words
Derived Forms
repenter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French repentir from re- + pentir to be contrite, from Latin paenitēre to repent

repent2

/ˈriːpənt/
adjective
1.
(botany) lying or creeping along the ground; reptant repent stems
Word Origin
C17: from Latin rēpere to creep
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Word Origin and History for un repenting
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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