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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