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



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 OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin paenitent- ‘repenting’, from the verb paenitere.
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