penitential

[ pen-i-ten-shuh l ]
/ ˌpɛn ɪˈtɛn ʃəl /

adjective

of, pertaining to, proceeding from, or expressive of penitence or repentance.

noun

a book or code of canons relating to penance, its imposition, etc.

Nearby words

  1. penischisis,
  2. penitence,
  3. penitent,
  4. penitente,
  5. penitentes,
  6. penitential psalm,
  7. penitential psalms,
  8. penitentiary,
  9. penitently,
  10. penitis

Origin of penitential

1500–10; < Medieval Latin pēnitēntiālis, Late Latin paenitēntiālis. See penitent, -ial

Related formspen·i·ten·tial·ly, adverbun·pen·i·ten·tial, adjectiveun·pen·i·ten·tial·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for penitential

penitential

/ (ˌpɛnɪˈtɛnʃəl) /

adjective

of, showing, or constituting penance

noun

mainly RC Church a book or compilation of instructions for confessors
a less common word for penitent (def. 2), penitent (def. 3)
Derived Formspenitentially, adverb

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Word Origin and History for penitential

penitential

adj.

c.1500, from Medieval Latin penitentialis, from Latin paenitentia "repentance" (see penitence).

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