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Penitent meaning

penitent - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. ( Roman Catholic Church) a person who repents for wrongdoing ( a Roman Catholic may be admitted to penance under the direction of a confessor)
  2. 2. Feeling pain or sorrow on account of sins or offenses; repentant; contrite; sincerely affected by a sense of guilt, and resolved on amendment of life.
  3. 3. Doing penance.
  4. 4. One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his transgressions.
  5. 5. One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance.
  6. 6. One under the direction of a confessor.
  7. 7. Sorry for sin; repentant.

penitent - examples of usage

  1. The bravest spirit is the best qualified for a penitent. - "Daniel Defoe", William Minto.
  2. The prior then made fast the door, and opened it not again till the next morning, when, if the penitent were there, he was taken out and led with great joy to the church, and, after fifteen days' watching and praying, was dismissed. - "The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries", W. Y. Evans Wentz.
  3. Hee seemed to be very penitent, and much desired a minister for the comfort of his soule. - "Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3)", Walter Scott.
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