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

 

penitent

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BrE BrE//ˈpenɪtənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpenɪtənt//
 
 
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a person who shows that they are sorry for doing something wrong, especially a religious person who wants God to forgive them Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, from Latin paenitent- ‘repenting’, from the verb paenitere.
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