- to feel sorry, self-reproachful, or contrite for past conduct; regret or be conscience-stricken about a past action, attitude, etc. (often followed by of): He repented after his thoughtless act.
- to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed to change one's life for the better; be penitent.
- to remember or regard with self-reproach or contrition: to repent one's injustice to another.
- to feel sorry for; regret: to repent an imprudent act.
Origin of repent1
Origin of repent2
Examples from the Web for repent
A: You must repent for entertaining the notion of killing a person, especially as a means of resolving a dispute.Dear Rabbi: Should I Shoot Women of the Wall?
June 6, 2013
But rather than hiding away in a dark monastery to repent, Cardinal Law is instead an exalted member of Vatican inner circles.The Cardinal Who Got Away
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 11, 2010
Investigating signs and ads, such as Repent and Sin No More!Warhol's Final Years
October 8, 2009
If you don't put down that gun in double quick time, you'll repent it.Brave and Bold
The alderman saw no reason to repent his decision, hastily as it had been made.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
There, some are tempted to buy; and some repent of having bought.De Libris: Prose and Verse
But after a night of cool reflection they began to repent of their haste.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
If we have fallen into disgrace by sin, we should repent and lead a better life.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
- to feel remorse (for); be contrite (about); show penitence (for)he repents of his extravagance; he repented his words
- botany lying or creeping along the ground; reptantrepent stems
Word Origin and History for repent
c.1300, "to feel such regret for sins or crimes as produces amendment of life," from Old French repentir (11c.), from re-, here probably an intensive prefix (see re-), + Vulgar Latin *penitire "to regret," from Latin poenitire "make sorry," from poena (see penal). The distinction between regret (q.v.) and repent is made in many modern languages, but the differentiation is not present in older periods. Related: Repented; repenting.