• synonyms


  1. not feeling regret about one's sin or sins; obdurate.
Show More

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

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for impenitently

Historical Examples of impenitently

  • It is in vain that I am impenitently romantic, I would not take you there for anything in the world.

    His Excellency the Minister

    Jules Claretie

  • Maggie retreated to the roots of a tree a few yards off, and looked on impenitently.

  • For this inability to detect the decay of their faculties he calls them "shameless bards, impenitently bold."

  • That he will by no means clear the (obstinately and impenitently) guilty.

  • But allegorically it deals with 'man,' first as impenitently sinful; second, as penitent; last, as purified and holy.


    Philip H. Wicksteed

British Dictionary definitions for impenitently


  1. not sorry or penitent; unrepentant
Show More
Derived Formsimpenitence, impenitence or impenitentness, nounimpenitently, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for impenitently



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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper