verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of repent1
Examples from the Web for 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|Clive Irving|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Nicolaus Mills|December 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“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|Linda Killian|January 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Hindley claimed to have repented and this is why Longford campaigned against her life sentence, she explains.
In 2007, Dowd publicly repented and said he was considering a life of missionary work.
An evil action may not be repeated, and can be repented of; but evil thoughts generate all evil actions.Resurrection|Leo Tolstoy
It would have been more honest and more manly if you had declared at once that you repented of your engagement.The American Senator|Anthony Trollope
By the time that they reached Anglebury he repented having given way so far as to withhold a direct refusal.The Hand of Ethelberta|Thomas Hardy
It was such a grim sort of an oh that I repented some more, though indeed it was not necessary.Beatrice Leigh at College|Julia Augusta Schwartz
"Oh, it is not that I have repented of my evil deed, Olive," she returned.The Ranch Girls at Rainbow Lodge|Margaret Vandercook
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Word Origin for repent
British Dictionary definitions for repented (2 of 2)
Word Origin for repent
Word Origin and History for repented
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.