[ pen-i-tuh ns ]
/ ˈpɛn ɪ təns /


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

Origin of penitence

1150–1200; Middle English (< Old French) < Medieval Latin pēnitentia, Latin paenitentia a regretting. See penitent, -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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