The definition of penitent is feeling or showing remorse for something.adjective
An example of penitent is a child who is sorry he misbehaved and who apologizes.
In the Roman Catholic religion, a penitent is a person who confesses his sins to a priest and does penance.noun
An example of penitent is a person who confesses to a priest and then, as directed, says five Hail Marys.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: OFr < L paenitens, prp. of paenitere, to repent; prob. akin to paene, scarcely: see passion
- a penitent person
- a person receiving or intending to receive the sacrament of penance
- penitently adverb
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- One who is penitent.
- A person performing penance under the direction of a confessor.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin pēnitēns, pēnitent-, from Latin paenitēns, present participle of paenitēre, to repent.
- penˈi·tent·ly adverb