American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; be contrite.
- v. To feel such regret for past conduct as to change one's mind regarding it: repented of intemperate behavior.
- v. To make a change for the better as a result of remorse or contrition for one's sins.
- v. To feel regret or self-reproach for: repent one's sins.
- v. To cause to feel remorse or regret.
- adj. Biology Creeping along the ground; prostrate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To feel pain, sorrow, or regret for something one has done or left undone.
- Especially, to experience such sorrow for sin as produces amendment of life; be grieved over one's past life, and seek forgiveness; be penitent. See repentance.
- To do penance.
- To change the mind or course of conduct in consequence of regret or dissatisfaction with something that is past.
- To express sorrow for something past.
- =Syn. 1–4. See repentance.
- To remember or regard with contrition, compunction, or self-reproach; feel self-accusing pain or grief on account of: as, to repent rash words; to repent an injury done to a neighbor.
- To be sorry for or on account of.
- n. Repentance.
- In botany, creeping; growing prostrate along the ground, or horizontally beneath the surface, and rooting progressively.
- In zoology, creeping, as an animalcule; specifically, of or pertaining to the Repentia.
- v. intransitive To feel pain, sorrow, or regret for what one has done or omitted to do; the cause for repenting may be indicated with "of".
- v. theology, intransitive To be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to love and practice sin.
- v. transitive To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.
- v. transitive To be sorry for, to regret.
- v. archaic, transitive To cause to have sorrow or regret.
- v. obsolete, reflexive To cause (oneself) to feel pain or regret.
- adj. Creeping along the ground.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) Prostrate and rooting; -- said of stems.
- adj. (Zoöl.) Same as Reptant.
- v. To feel pain, sorrow, or regret, for what one has done or omitted to do.
- v. To change the mind, or the course of conduct, on account of regret or dissatisfaction.
- v. (Theol.) To be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to love and practice sin.
- v. To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.
- v. To feel regret or sorrow; -- used reflexively.
- v. Archaic To cause to have sorrow or regret; -- used impersonally.
- v. turn away from sin or do penitence
- v. feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
- From Latin rēpō ("I creep"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English repenten, from Old French repentir : re-, re- + pentir, to be sorry (from Vulgar Latin *paenitīre, from Latin paenitēre).Latin rēpēns, rēpent-, present participle of rēpere, to creep. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Verbs that have no Participial Stem, express the Future Infinitive Active and Passive by fore ut or futūrum esse ut, with the Subjunctive; as, -- spērō fore ut tē paeniteat levitātis, _I hope you will repent of your fickleness_ (lit. _hope it will happen that you repent_); spērō futūrum esse ut hostēs arceantur, _I hope that the enemy will be kept off_.a. The Periphrastic Future Infinitive is often used, especially in the”
“To this very man something did appear: He said, he saw the shape of an ancient man pass by him in the dusk, who, holding up his hand in a threatening posture, cried out, _O wicked man, repent, repent_.”
“Now either repent from the error of your ways, or accept your position of a radical, extremist crank pushing far-out, discredited ideas.”
“Refusal to ask for forgiveness and not attempting to repent is what condemns the individual to hell.”
“Refusal to ask for forgiveness and not attempting to repent is what condemns the individual to hell. hunter Says:”
“A sinner who has begun to repent is surely in a better moral position than one who continues flagrantly to offend, is he not?”
“As a friend of mine pointed out in his sermon today, The way we use the word repent it means feeling very sorry for something you just got caught doing.”
“To repent is to return to the Lord; to return to him as our God, our sovereign Lord, against whom we have rebelled, and to whom we are concerned to reconcile ourselves; it is to return to the Lord as the fountain of life and living waters, which we had forsaken for broken cisterns.”
“Do this quickly, while your space to repent is continued to you; before he cause darkness, before you will see no way of escaping.”
“To repent is to turn from our evil way; this God requires sinners to do; this he urges them to do by repeated pressing instances: Turn you, turn you.”
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