from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition or quality of being penitent; regret for wrongdoing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Condition of being penitent.
- n. Feeling of regret or remorse for doing wrong or sinning.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or condition of being penitent; the disposition of a penitent; sorrow for sins or faults; repentance; contrition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being penitent; sorrow for having committed sin or for having offended; repentance; contrition.
- n. Synonyms Contrition, Compunction, etc. See repentance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. remorse for your past conduct
First attested circa 13th century, from Middle English penitence, from Old French penitence, from Latin paenitentia ("repentance, penitence"), from paenitēns ("penitent"), present active participle of paeniteō ("regret, repent"). (Wiktionary)