Origin of penitent
OTHER WORDS FROM penitentpen·i·tent·ly, adverbnon·pen·i·tent, adjective, nounun·pen·i·tent, adjectiveun·pen·i·tent·ly, adverb
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How to use penitent in a sentence
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
- 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