Repent Definition

rĭ-pĕnt
repented, repents
verb
repented, repents
To feel sorry or self-reproachful for what one has done or failed to do; be conscience-stricken or contrite.
Webster's New World
To feel such regret or dissatisfaction over as to change one's mind about.
To repent one's kindness.
Webster's New World
To feel sorry, contrite, or self-reproachful over (an error, sin, etc.)
Webster's New World
To feel so contrite over one's sins as to change, or decide to change, one's ways; be penitent.
Webster's New World
To feel such regret or dissatisfaction over some past action, intention, etc. as to change one's mind about.
To repent of one's generosity.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Creeping or crawling.
Webster's New World
Prostrate or growing along the ground.
American Heritage

Origin of Repent

  • Middle English repenten from Old French repentir re- re- pentir to be sorry (from Vulgar Latin paenitīre) (from Latin paenitēre)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French repentir, from re- + a late derivative of Latin poenitere (“be penitent"), alteration of Latin paenitere.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin rēpēns rēpent- present participle of rēpere to creep

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin rÄ“pō (“I creep").

    From Wiktionary

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