American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or expressing penitence.
- adj. Of or relating to penance.
- n. A book or set of church rules concerning the sacrament of penance.
- n. A penitent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, proceeding from, or expressing penitence or contrition of heart: as, penitential sorrow; penitential psalms.
- Eccles., pertaining to the administration of the sacrament of penance; hence, of the nature of penance or punishment.
- n. In the Rom. Cath. and the Gr. Ch., a book or code of canons relating to penance and the reconciliation of penitents.
- n. One who has undergone penitential discipline.
- adj. Pertaining to penance or penitence
- n. a book or set of rules pertaining to the Christian sacrament of penance
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to penitence, or to penance; expressing penitence; of the nature of penance
- n. (R. C. Ch.) A book formerly used by priests hearing confessions, containing rules for the imposition of penances; -- called also
- adj. showing or constituting penance
“Folded chasubles were not used, but in penitential times, deacon and subdeacon merely wear their proper vestments, minus the outer vestments of dalmatic and tunicle.”
“The Bragan rite also mentions the use of the folded chasuble in penitential seasons, including upon Good Friday.”
“Practices deemed as immoral were physically debilitating; failure to participate in penitential ritual could be punished with disease.”
“While I'm in penitential mood, it's only fair to point out that a large amount of the expenditure of large corporations is category 4 cash - people spending other people's (the shareholders ') money on other people.”
“Those that sow in penitential tears shall reap in the joys of God's salvation when the times of refreshing shall come.”
“Those that humble themselves in penitential shame and fear shall soon be encouraged and exalted; those that are struck down with the visions of”
“The first ten days of this month they call the penitential days; and all these days they fast and pray very much, and are very devout, that on the tenth day their sins may be remitted, and their names may be written in the book of life; which day is therefore called the day of expiation.”
“The internal forum is subdivided into the sacramental or penitential, which is exercised in the tribunal of penance or at least is connected with it, and the extra penitential forum.”
“But while the origin of the so-called penitential psalms is thus closely bound up with the same order of thought that gave rise to the incantation texts, no less significant is the divorce between the two classes of compositions that begins already at an early stage of the literary period.”
“I've dallied with the idea of making these for a while but was worried about the 'penitential' aspect as well - good to know they turned out better than the commercial ones!”
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