June 18th, 2019

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Tuesday word: Penitent

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Penitent (adjective, noun)
pen·i·tent [pen-i-tuhnt]


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

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

RELATED FORMS
pen·i·tent·ly, adverb
non·pen·i·tent, adjective, noun
un·pen·i·tent, adjective
un·pen·i·tent·ly, adverb

RELATED WORDS
repentant, abject, apologetic, conscience-stricken, contrite, regretful, remorseful, rueful, sorry, compunctious, penitential, attritional

Synonyms
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1. remorseful, rueful, sorrowful.

Antonyms
1. unrepentant, impenitent.

Origin: 1325–75; Middle English < Medieval Latin penitent-, Latin paenitent- (stem of paenitens ), present participle of paenitere to regret; replacing Middle English penaunt < Anglo-French; see penance

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