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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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  • (John 14:6) What can one who is now repentant and changing his course, but still a sinner, do to come into harmony with God?

    The Harp of God J. F. Rutherford
  • Tim was so repentant that he agreed to remain in the cave and nurse the prisoner.

    The Blue Birds' Winter Nest Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • After following her flight for many miles they were obliged to return home, sad and sorry and repentant.

    The Curious Book of Birds Abbie Farwell Brown
  • You treated me as the angels treat the repentant sinner, Sir Giles.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • A repentant sinner is not to be given gall and vinegar to drink.

  • Her father would not discard his afflicted, his repentant child.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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