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  1. not feeling regret about one's sin or sins; obdurate.
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Origin of impenitent

1525–35; < Late Latin impaenitent- (stem of impaenitēns) unrepentant. See im-2, penitent
Related formsim·pen·i·tence, im·pen·i·ten·cy, im·pen·i·tent·ness, nounim·pen·i·tent·ly, adverb


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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!

British Dictionary definitions for impenitence


  1. not sorry or penitent; unrepentant
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Derived Formsimpenitence, impenitence or impenitentness, nounimpenitently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impenitence


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

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early 15c., from Latin impaenitentem, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + paenitens (see penitence).

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