[ pen-i-tuhns ]
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  1. the state of being penitent; regret for one's wrongdoing or sinning; contrition; repentance.

Origin of penitence

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English (from Old French ) from Medieval Latin pēnitentia, Latin paenitentia “a regretting, repentance.” See penitent, -ence

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See regret.

Words Nearby penitence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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