the state of being penitent; regret for one's wrongdoing or sinning; contrition; repentance.
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How to use penitence in a sentence
Let them retire from public life and reflect with penitence on what we have seen today.The Capitol mob images shouldn’t surprise you. Open insurrection was always where we were headed. | Philip Kennicott | January 6, 2021 | Washington Post
Could the largest living icon of communism really be on the verge of penitence?Castro May Rejoin Catholic Church, Say Rumors in the Italian Press | Mac Margolis, Barbie Latza Nadeau | February 24, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet she still fasted, in penitence, and ministered to other sick people and to the elderly.
“Everybody is redeemable if they show sufficient penitence,” former New York City Mayor Ed Koch said in an interview.
She had no penitence, no consciousness of error or offence; no knowledge of any one circumstance but that he was gone.Ruth | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
There were other rebellions against God during this time of penitence.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
My tears are not those of penitence; I do not weep for my sinfulness; I can neither think nor feel in this confusion.Alone | Marion Harland
He left him, however, showing very little evidence of penitence, and entertaining for him very little hope.Charles Duran | The Author of The Waldos
Thus we have seven different degrees of penitence, and he who neglects them all must suffer in the world to come.