- Penitence is the state of having regret for doing something wrong.
- An example of penitence is being upset and regretful of something you've done.
- An example of penitence is a girlfriend begging for her boyfriend to forgive her after she lied to him.
the state of being penitent; repentance
Origin of penitenceOld French ; from Classical Latin paenitentia
The condition or quality of being penitent; regret for wrongdoing.