feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and disposed to atonement and amendment; repentant; contrite.
a penitent person.
Roman Catholic Church. a person who confesses sin and submits to a penance.
- pen·i·tent·ly, adverb
- non·pen·i·tent, adjective, noun
- un·pen·i·tent, adjective
- un·pen·i·tent·ly, adverb
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How to use penitent in a sentence
Messages also came from “los arrepentidos,” the penitents—people who said they’d been involved in the burials and were moved to confess.The mothers of Mexico’s missing use social media to search for mass graves | Chantal Flores | October 11, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
The administrator’s caravan charted a penitent itinerary along the Gulf Coast, calling on communities of color that the EPA has historically failed to protect.The EPA Administrator Visited Cancer-Causing Air Pollution Hot Spots Highlighted by ProPublica and Promised Reforms | by Ava Kofman | November 24, 2021 | ProPublica
In one scene, a penitent missus in a shapeless tube dress scratches her head and admits to having crashed the car.
Still, that might not do it: not every believer, or even all members of the penitent, will be taken.
He would later say about his subway pictures that they were made in the “hands of a penitent spy and an apologetic voyeur.”
His admonition last week to the Irish church repeatedly emphasised that heaven still awaits the penitent pedophile priest.
I was glad to learn that Mary Magdalene's penitent side was not the main attraction here.
They are unquestionably penitent now; but then, you know, they have the recollection of very recent suffering fresh upon them.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
Note that the penitent is here supposed to address his own parish-priest.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
In this capacity, he assisted at the public confession of his penitent, Mme. Graslin, in the summer of 1844.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
It was also, probably, designed as a protest against the rigour of the Novatians in refusing reconciliation to penitent apostates.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
Discussions of the relative merits of The Fair penitent and its source have been almost invariably acrimonious.The Fatal Dowry | Philip Massinger
British Dictionary definitions for penitent
feeling regret for one's sins; repentant
a person who is penitent
a person who repents his sins and seeks forgiveness for them
RC Church a person who confesses his sins to a priest and submits to a penance imposed by him
- penitence, noun
- penitently, adverb
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