[ri-pen-tnt, -pen-tuh nt]


repenting; penitent; experiencing repentance.
characterized by or showing repentance: a repentant mood.

Origin of repentant

1250–1300; Middle English repentaunt < Old French repentant (present participle of repentir). See repent1, -ant
Related formsre·pent·ant·ly, adverbhalf-re·pent·ant, adjectivenon·re·pent·ant, adjectivenon·re·pent·ant·ly, adverbun·re·pent·ant, adjectiveun·re·pent·ant·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of repentant

Historical Examples of repentant

  • I came down and threw myself, repentant and wretched, into her motherly arms.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • You treated me as the angels treat the repentant sinner, Sir Giles.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • Her father would not discard his afflicted, his repentant child.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • But Mr. Monday was startled by the near approach of death, rather than repentant.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • And the sea was quiet as she was, repentant surely of its former furies.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for repentant



reproaching oneself for one's past actions or sins; contrite
characterized by or proceeding from a sense of contritiona repentant heart; his repentant words
Derived Formsrepentantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for repentant

early 13c., from Old French repentant "penitent" (12c.), present participle of repentir (see repent).

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