Definitions

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  • adv. In a penitential manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a penitential manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a penitential or contrite manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. showing remorse

Etymologies

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penitential +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Shuffling penitentially on your knees, bending and scraping with dustpan and brush while vicious pine needles perforate your kneecaps...it's almost enough to make you feel like Christmas might, in a twisted way, be the descendent of some sort of primitive religious festival.

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  • Beck has followed up 1999's electro-manic "Midnite Vultures" with a return to gloomy acoustic mode (just as he followed his antic breakthrough "Odelay" with the penitentially somber "Mutations").

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  • I am not quite clear whether these articles were carried penitentially or ostentatiously; but I rather think they were displayed as articles of property, — much as Cleopatra or any other sovereign lady on the Rampage might exhibit her wealth in a pageant or procession.

    Great Expectations

  • Many a disguised Tory has lately shown his head, that shall penitentially solemnize with curses the day on which Howe arrived upon the Delaware.

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  • Left alone at his stall as the other ambled off, Mr Wegg subsided into his screen, produced a small pocket-handkerchief of a penitentially-scrubbing character, and took himself by the nose with a thoughtful aspect.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • At Hyde Park Corner on a tub she stands preaching; shrouds herself in white and walks penitentially disguised as brotherly love through factories and parliaments; offers help, but desires power; smites out of her way roughly the dissentient, or dissatisfied; bestows her blessing on those who, looking upward, catch submissively from her eyes the light of their own.

    Mrs. Dalloway

  • Our heads, shoulders, and hands were penitentially kissed, and presently the fellows returned to bind up their hurts in dirty rags.

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  • She asked Mary Livingston, whom she greeted almost penitentially, to order her a bath of asses 'milk and to request a bread porridge for her, laced with cinnamon and sugar.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • They come into a grand comradeship with God, not in the old time spirit of supplication and service, not asking, not seeking really, not even penitentially suppliant, but in the new found glory of a faith that looks up in perfect confidence of its ONENESS, and which speaks from the very depth of its own glorified selfhood, and knows that "I and my Father are _one_ and all my Father hath is mine."

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  • His last lingering doubt respecting this matter appears to have been removed while, during an official visit to Rome in 1510, he was penitentially ascending on his knees the sacred stairs (_scala santa_) of the Lateran, when he seemed to hear an inner voice declaring, "The just shall live by faith."

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