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 formsim·pen·i·tence, im·pen·i·ten·cy, im·pen·i·tent·ness, nounim·pen·i·tent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for impenitent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for impenitent

hardened, obdurate, remorseless, uncontrite

Examples from the Web for impenitent

Historical Examples of impenitent

  • 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.


    George Eliot

British Dictionary definitions for impenitent



not sorry or penitent; unrepentant
Derived Formsimpenitence, impenitence or impenitentness, nounimpenitently, 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).

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