- 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.
- 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 of repentMiddle English repenten ; from Old French repentir ; from Vulgar Latin repoenitere ; from Classical Latin re-, again + 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
Origin of repentClassical Latin repens, present participle of repere, to creep: see reptile
verbre·pent·ed, re·pent·ing, re·pents
- To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; be contrite: “[He] liked to visit prisoners and admonish them to repent of their ways” (Adam Hochschild).
- To feel such regret for past conduct as to change one's mind regarding it: repented of intemperate behavior. You'd better accept their offer before they repent.
- To become a more moral or religious person as a result of remorse or contrition for one's sins.
- To feel regret or self-reproach for: repent one's sins.
- Archaic To cause (one or oneself) to feel remorse or regret: “And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth” (King James Bible).
Origin of repentMiddle English repenten, from Old French repentir : re-, re- + pentir, to be sorry (from Vulgar Latin *paenitīre, from Latin paenitēre).
Origin of repentLatin rēpēns, rēpent-, present participle of rēpere, to creep.
(third-person singular simple present repents, present participle repenting, simple past and past participle repented)
- (intransitive) To feel pain, sorrow, or regret for what one has done or omitted to do; the cause for repenting may be indicated with "of".
- (theology, intransitive) To be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to practice sin and to love.
- If you're a true Muslim, you should repent to Allah.
- To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.
- To be sorry for, to regret.
- I repent my sins.
- (archaic) To cause to have sorrow or regret.
- (chiefly botany) Creeping along the ground.
From Latin rēpō (“I creep”).