From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Repentance \Re*pent"ance\ (r[-e]*p[e^]nt"ans), noun [F. repentance.] The act of repenting, or the state of being penitent; sorrow for what one has done or omitted to do; especially, contrition for sin. --Chaucer.
Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice from the conviction that it has offended God. Sorrow, fear, and anxiety are properly not parts, but adjuncts, of repentance; yet they are too closely connected with it to be easily separated. --Rambler.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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