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penitent

pen·i·tent

penitent

 
 
pronunciation:
pe nih tnt
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition: feeling or showing sorrow or regret for having done wrong.
After seeing how much he'd hurt her feelings, he was truly penitent.The penitent sinner prayed for forgiveness.
synonyms:
contrite, remorseful, repentant
antonyms:
impenitent, unrepentant
similar words:
abject, apologetic, guilty, regretful, rueful, sorry
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: someone who feels or expresses remorse or sorrow for wrongdoing; someone who repents.
synonyms:
confessor, repenter
similar words:
penitential, prodigal son, sinner
definition 2: in the Roman Catholic Church, a person who does penance after confessing sins.
synonyms:
penitential
similar words:
flagellant
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derivation: penitently (adv.)