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penitence

[ pen-i-tuhns ]
/ ˈpɛn ɪ təns /
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noun

the state of being penitent; regret for one's wrongdoing or sinning; contrition; repentance.

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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

synonym study for penitence

See regret.
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