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impenitent

[im-pen-i-tuh nt] /ɪmˈpɛn ɪ tənt/
adjective
1.
not feeling regret about one's sin or sins; obdurate.
Origin of impenitent
1525-1535
1525-35; < Late Latin impaenitent- (stem of impaenitēns) unrepentant. See im-2, penitent
Related forms
impenitence, impenitency, impenitentness, noun
impenitently, adverb
Synonyms
unrepentant, uncontrite, hardened.
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Examples from the Web for impenitence
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  • He faced the future with a face flinty with pride and impenitence.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • This grief of heart proves that thou hast not sealed me up in impenitence.

    The Power of Faith Isabella Graham
  • Other evils that shall fall upon the Jews for their impenitence.

  • Who more sorry for the righteous and necessary doom which the impenitence of heartlessness drags down upon itself?

    Heart

    Martin Farquhar Tupper
  • To be willing to be damned, implies a willingness to disobey God, refuse his grace, and continue in unbelief and impenitence!

  • Moliere's Don Juan casts back to the original in point of impenitence; but in piety he falls off greatly.

    Man And Superman George Bernard Shaw
  • Providence may give us Abraham for our father, and impenitence may incur perdition for our portion!

  • It is the presence of the sin that is sealed with pride and impenitence; the story of how the Sultan got his throne.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • The writers all treat this as impenitence, requiring relaxation in cases of formal heresy.

  • When David was living in a state of impenitence, the strong hand of God was upon him day and night.

    Multiplied Blessings Edward Hoare
British Dictionary definitions for impenitence

impenitent

/ɪmˈpɛnɪtənt/
adjective
1.
not sorry or penitent; unrepentant
Derived Forms
impenitence, impenitence, impenitentness, noun
impenitently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impenitence
n.

1620s, from Latin impaenitentia, from impaenitens (see impenitent). Impenitency is from 1560s.

impenitent

adj.

early 15c., from Latin impaenitentem, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + paenitens (see penitence).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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