- 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
Related Words for repentedatone, deplore, apologize, bewail, regret, reform, sorrow, lament, rue, relent
Examples from the Web for repented
Contemporary Examples of repented
And, eventually, who repented – famously on television during a remarkable series of interviews with David Frost.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab
July 27, 2014
What worries him is the idea of taking hope away from someone who has repented of a terrible deed he did decades earlier.When Salinger Spoke Out: A Rare 1959 Public Letter Against Life in Prison
December 9, 2013
“I have no doubt in my mind that these men have repented,” Barbour said in an appearance on Fox News.Haley Barbour’s Last-Minute Pardons Hurt the GOP’s Law-and-Order Image
January 18, 2012
Hindley claimed to have repented and this is why Longford campaigned against her life sentence, she explains.Antonia Fraser on Her Wild Marriage
November 8, 2010
In 2007, Dowd publicly repented and said he was considering a life of missionary work.I Survived the Bush Presidency
The Daily Beast
January 8, 2009
Historical Examples of repented
Mrs. Beaumont repented of having drawn her into conversation.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
One of the Creator's lamentable mistakes, repented in sashcloth and axes.The Devil's Dictionary
"There, chicken—the heat always turns me snappy," she repented instantly.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
And she, therefore, repented of her rebellion as of a crime.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The poor man looks as if he repented sincerely of his errors.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- to feel remorse (for); be contrite (about); show penitence (for)he repents of his extravagance; he repented his words
Word Origin for repent
- botany lying or creeping along the ground; reptantrepent stems
Word Origin 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.