May 30th, 2017

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Word of the Day 05/30/17 Penitent

Penitent (adjective, noun)
penitent [pen-i-tuh nt]
(previously 02-28-13)

1. feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and disposed to atonement and amendment; repentant; contrite.

2. a penitent person.
3. Roman Catholic Church. a person who confesses sin and submits to a penance.

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1. remorseful, rueful, sorrowful.

1. unrepentant, impenitent.

Origin: 1325-75; Middle English < Medieval Latin pēnitent-, Latin paenitent- (stem of paenitēns), present participle of paenitēre to regret; replacing Middle English penaunt < Anglo-French; see penance

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