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[ri-pen-tnt, -pen-tuh nt] /rɪˈpɛn tnt, -ˈpɛn tənt/
repenting; penitent; experiencing repentance.
characterized by or showing repentance:
a repentant mood.
Origin of repentant
1250-1300; Middle English repentaunt < Old French repentant (present participle of repentir). See repent1, -ant
Related forms
repentantly, adverb
half-repentant, adjective
nonrepentant, adjective
nonrepentantly, adverb
unrepentant, adjective
unrepentantly, adverb Unabridged
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  • I came down and threw myself, repentant and wretched, into her motherly arms.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • You treated me as the angels treat the repentant sinner, Sir Giles.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Her father would not discard his afflicted, his repentant child.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • But Mr. Monday was startled by the near approach of death, rather than repentant.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • And the sea was quiet as she was, repentant surely of its former furies.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • I left them repentant and thoroughly ashamed of themselves, and went to other duties.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
British Dictionary definitions for repentant


reproaching oneself for one's past actions or sins; contrite
characterized by or proceeding from a sense of contrition: a repentant heart, his repentant words
Derived Forms
repentantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for repentant

early 13c., from Old French repentant "penitent" (12c.), present participle of repentir (see repent).

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