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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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  • One of the prominent characteristics of an impenitent heart is a disposition to feed upon the faults of professors of religion.

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

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

    Gathering Jewels James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
  • This was the first prayer I had offered for years; for I had been an impenitent woman.

    Select Temperance Tracts American Tract Society
  • It is said, “His words fell like balls of fire, on the careless, and impenitent multitudes.”

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
  • Justice, however, remained to be done on the hardened and impenitent.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • The impenitent dropped in to these meetings more frequently than was their wont.

    Curiosities of Heat Lyman B. Tefft
  • For the scourge would fall destructively on the impenitent alone.

    Romola George Eliot
  • It therefore followed (since he was extremely logical) that his parent must be looked upon simply as an erring and impenitent man.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
  • He was impenitent, violent, and half-dead with fear by the day of execution.

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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