[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

Examples from the Web for unrepentant

Contemporary Examples of unrepentant

Historical Examples of unrepentant

  • Now that she had time to think over her own tragedy, she was unrepentant.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Days passed; and he went about his lessons and his work, silent, grim, and unrepentant.

    Little Men

    Louisa May Alcott

  • But he looked at her, unrepentant, with the light of triumph in his eyes.

  • But what of the unconverted—the unbelieving—the unrepentant—the unprepared?

    Life and Times of David

    Charles Henry Mackintosh

  • They spoke a language which left no doubt as to the future of unrepentant sinners.

    The Story of Mankind

    Hendrik Van Loon

British Dictionary definitions for unrepentant



not repentant or contrite



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 unrepentant

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + repentant.



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

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