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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 impenitent
Historical Examples
  • The impenitent have no promise of forgiveness, and therefore cannot have faith.

  • If my father had failed to escape, and had been hung, he would have died hardened and impenitent.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Justice, however, remained to be done on the hardened and impenitent.


    James Anthony Froude
  • Her prayers were perfumed with sighs, and cries, and tears for the impenitent.

    Gathering Jewels

    James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
  • For the scourge would fall destructively on the impenitent alone.

    Romola George Eliot
  • I avow myself an impenitent Shakesperian in this respect also.

  • This was the first prayer I had offered for years; for I had been an impenitent woman.

    Select Temperance Tracts American Tract Society
  • The German sniper is really a lineal descendant of the impenitent thief.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • This is as long as he is impenitent, an unbeliever and refuser.

    A Christian Directory Baxter Richard
  • I've told her all my sins, but I've not told her that I'm impenitent.

British Dictionary definitions for impenitent


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

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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