[ri-pen-tnt, -pen-tuh nt]

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for repentantly

Historical Examples of repentantly

  • Who throws me aside and refuses forgiveness when it is repentantly implored?


    Effie Afton

  • "Dearest, I wasn't making fun of you," cried Anne repentantly.

    Anne Of Avonlea

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • For all the wrong of slavery requital must be made, submissively, ungrudgingly, repentantly.

  • "I'm sure I don't know why I should have expected you to hear of him," declared the lady, repentantly.

  • "It was the idea of being almost distinguished looking that—that gave me a shock," he assured her repentantly.

British Dictionary definitions for repentantly


  1. reproaching oneself for one's past actions or sins; contrite
  2. 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 repentantly



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

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