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penitent

  

      adj  
1    feeling regret for one's sins; repentant  
      n  
2    a person who is penitent  
3      (Christianity)  
a    a person who repents his sins and seeks forgiveness for them  
b      (R.C. Church)   a person who confesses his sins to a priest and submits to a penance imposed by him  
     (C14: from Church Latin paenitens regretting, from paenitere to repent, of obscure origin)  
  penitence      n  
  penitently      adv  
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penitent

  

      adj   abject, apologetic, atoning, conscience-stricken, contrite, regretful, remorseful, repentant, rueful, sorrowful, sorry  
  
Antonyms     
   callous, impenitent, remorseless, unrepentant  

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