Penitent

Definition of Penitent

Pen´i`tent
a.1.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.
Be penitent, and for thy fault contrite.
- Milton.
The proud he tamed, the penitent he cheered.
- Dryden.
2.Doing penance.
n.1.One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his transgressions.
2.One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance.
3.One under the direction of a confessor.

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