Origin of penitent
Examples from the Web for penitent
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.”
I was glad to learn that Mary Magdalene's penitent side was not the main attraction here.
Raised without sexual guilt, I was never drawn to the idea of Mary Magdalene as a penitent sinner.
He was penitent at once, and full of promises never to ask her again to do anything that might cause an instant's remorse.Guy and Pauline|Compton Mackenzie
It is not the abominable prayer that God commandeth, but the faithful, penitent prayer.A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)|Richard Baxter
The prayers of the penitent and the shouts of the saved greeted every hour of the night.Thirty Years in the Itinerancy|Wesson Gage Miller
A penitent heart, or a consciousness of the pardon of God, are not fit considerations for a jury-box.The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain|William Carleton
But the next Colloquy, called the Penitent Virgin, describes how she changed her mind and came out again.Woman under Monasticism|Lina Eckenstein
British Dictionary definitions for 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
Word Origin for penitent
Word Origin and History for penitent
mid-14c., from Old French pénitent (14c.) and directly from Latin paenitentem (see penitence). As a noun, late 14c., from the adjective.