Definition of penitential adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌpenɪˈtenʃl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpenɪˈtenʃl//
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showing that you are sorry for having done something wrong to be in a penitential mood Word Origin late 15th cent.: from late Latin paenitentialis, from Latin paenitentia ‘repentance’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: penitential