- 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.
Origin of penitent
Synonyms for penitent
Antonyms for penitent
Examples from the Web for penitently
Historical Examples of penitently
"Sorry," Sally said penitently, and they walked in silence until they reached the house.Phyllis
"Truly, I never thought of such a thing," Louise said penitently.In Blue Creek Caon
Anna Chapin Ray
"I suppose I ought to be looking wretched," I said penitently.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Forgive me, Peggy, he said penitently; I appreciate your coming more than I can say.The Rough Road
William John Locke
Ive been a brute again, cried Nancy, penitently, dashing after her mother.
- feeling regret for one's sins; repentant
- a person who is penitent
- a person who repents his sins and seeks forgiveness for them
- RC Churcha person who confesses his sins to a priest and submits to a penance imposed by him
Word Origin for penitent
mid-14c., from Old French pénitent (14c.) and directly from Latin paenitentem (see penitence). As a noun, late 14c., from the adjective.