of, pertaining to, proceeding from, or expressive of penitence or repentance.
a book or code of canons relating to penance, its imposition, etc.
- pen·i·ten·tial·ly, adverb
- un·pen·i·ten·tial, adjective
- un·pen·i·ten·tial·ly, adverb
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How to use penitential in a sentence
Very devoted, but a "wooden" woman, a "veritable penitential brush."Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
Condemned to be strangled, he heard the sentence without a murmur, and went to his death singing the penitential psalms.Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
I ought to add that he has tried to make reparation, and is apparently contrite to the limit of his penitential capacity.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce
It was her first openly penitential utterance in his presence, and her cheeks were faintly reddened.Rhoda Fleming, Complete | George Meredith
On his death-bed the conqueror Henry V was listening to the priests repeating the penitential psalms.The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2) | Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for penitential
of, showing, or constituting penance
- penitentially, adverb
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