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Meaning of PENITENT

Pronunciation:  'penitunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who repents for wrongdoing (a Roman Catholic may be admitted to penance under the direction of a confessor)
  2. [adj]  feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

PENITENT is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: contrite, penitential, remorseful, repentant, rueful, ruthful, sorry
 Antonyms: impenitent, unremorseful, unrepentant
 See Also: ashamed(p), flagellant, religionist, religious person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    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 pound he tamed, the penitent he cheered.
    2. Doing penance. [Obs.] --Shak.
  2. \Pen"i*tent\, n.
    1. One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his
    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.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abject, apologetic, compunctious, confessor, conscience-stricken, contrite, grief-stricken, humbled, Magdalen, melted, penitential, penitentiary, prodigal returned, prodigal son, regretful, remorseful, repentant, rueful, sad, sheepish, softened, sorrowful, sorry, touched