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 rÄ“pÅ (“I creep").