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Definition of penitence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

penitence

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈpenɪtəns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpenɪtəns//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a feeling of being sorry because you have done something wrong He expressed suitable penitence for what he had done.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: penitence