penitent

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Penitent \Pen"i*tent\, adjective [F. p['e]nitent, L. paenitens, -entis, poenitens, p. pr. of paenitere, poenitere, to cause to repent, to repent; prob. akin to poena punishment. See {Pain}.]

1. Feeling pain or sorrow on account of sins or offenses; repentant; contrite; sincerely affected by a sense of guilt, and resolved on amendment of life.

Be penitent, and for thy fault contrite. --Milton.

The proud he tamed, the penitent he cheered. --Dryden.

2. Doing penance. [Obs.] --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Penitent \Pen"i*tent\, noun

1. One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his transgressions.

2. One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance.

3. One under the direction of a confessor.

Note: Penitents is an appellation given to certain fraternities in Roman Catholic countries, distinguished by their habit, and employed in charitable acts.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

penitent

adjective

1: feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds [syn: {penitent}, {repentant}] [ant: {impenitent}, {unremorseful}, {unrepentant}]

noun

1: (Roman Catholic Church) a person who repents for wrongdoing (a Roman Catholic may be admitted to penance under the direction of a confessor)


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