- To repent is to confess and apologize for your sins, or to feel remorseful about the things you have done wrong.
An example of repent is when you feel very bad about the way you treated a friend and you experience great remorse as a result.
repent definition by Webster's New World
- to feel sorry or self-reproachful for what one has done or failed to do; be conscience-stricken or contrite: often with of
- to feel such regret or dissatisfaction over some past action, intention, etc. as to change one's mind about: often with of: to repent of one's generosity
- to feel so contrite over one's sins as to change, or decide to change, one's ways; be penitent
Origin: Middle English repenten ; from Old French repentir ; from Vulgar Latin repoenitere ; from Classical Latin re-, again plush poenitere, for paenitere: see penitent
- to feel sorry, contrite, or self-reproachful over (an error, sin, etc.)
- to feel such regret or dissatisfaction over as to change one's mind about: to repent one's kindness
- repenter noun
Origin: Classical Latin repens, present participle of repere, to creep: see reptile
repent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb re·pent·ed, re·pent·ing, re·pents verb, intransitive
- To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; be contrite.
- To feel such regret for past conduct as to change one's mind regarding it: repented of intemperate behavior.
- To make a change for the better as a result of remorse or contrition for one's sins.
- To feel regret or self-reproach for: repent one's sins.
- To cause to feel remorse or regret.
Origin: Middle English repenten, from Old French repentir : re-, re- + pentir, to be sorry (from Vulgar Latin *paenitīre, from Latin paenitēre).
- re·pentˈer noun
Origin: Latin rēpēns, rēpent-, present participle of rēpere, to creep.