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[im-pen-i-tuh nt] /ɪmˈpɛn ɪ tənt/
not feeling regret about one's sin or sins; obdurate.
Origin of impenitent
1525-35; < Late Latin impaenitent- (stem of impaenitēns) unrepentant. See im-2, penitent
Related forms
impenitence, impenitency, impenitentness, noun
impenitently, adverb
unrepentant, uncontrite, hardened. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for impenitence
Historical Examples
  • 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?


    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


not sorry or penitent; unrepentant
Derived Forms
impenitence, impenitence, impenitentness, noun
impenitently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impenitence

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



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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