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Definition of PENITENT

3 definitions found:

Penitent \Pen"i*tent\, n.
     1. One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his transgressions. [1913 Webster]

     2. One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance. [1913 Webster]

     3. One under the direction of a confessor.
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     Note: Penitents is an appellation given to certain fraternities in Roman Catholic countries, distinguished by their habit, and employed in charitable acts. [1913 Webster]

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

Penitent \Pen"i*tent\, a. [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. [1913 Webster]

              Be penitent, and for thy fault contrite. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              The proud he tamed, the penitent he cheered.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. Doing penance. [Obs.] --Shak.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

24 Moby Thesaurus words for "penitent": Magdalen, abject, apologetic, compunctious, confessor, conscience-stricken, contrite, grief-stricken, humbled, melted, penitential, penitentiary, prodigal returned, prodigal son, regretful, remorseful, repentant, rueful, sad, sheepish, softened, sorrowful, sorry, touched

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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