from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by or demonstrating repentance; penitent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Experiencing repentance; sorrowful for past conduct or words; sorrowful for sin.
  • Expressing or showing repentance.
  • Synonyms See repentance.
  • noun One who repents; a penitent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Penitent; sorry for sin.
  • adjective Expressing or showing sorrow for sin
  • noun One who repents, especially one who repents of sin; a penitent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Feeling or showing sorrow for wrongdoing.
  • noun One who repents; a penitent.

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

  • adjective feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds


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  • As Tuk looked on in repentant silence, Domar uttered the prayers that would bind clay and spirit into one.

    Caribou House « A Fly in Amber 2009

  • That Maria Magdalena, the beloved of Jesus and the apostle of the apostles, was referred to as a repentant sinner and even as a prostitute was an injustice that rankled Colombina.

    The Poet Prince KATHLEEN MCGOWAN 2010

  • He had at first baptized in preparation for One who was to come; now he baptized repentant believers unto Him who had come.

    Jesus the Christ A Study of the Messiah and His Mission According to Holy Scriptures Both Ancient and Modern James Edward Talmage 1897

  • "Quite so; but, unfortunately, what is conventionally known as a repentant woman is not the sort of person I would have chosen to be near my child."

    The Inner Shrine Basil King 1893

  • Captain Brown showed a desire to follow his example, but God in His mercy took the deed for the word, calling the repentant man to Him within a few months.

    The Shipwreck A Story for the Young Joseph Spillman 1873

  • A couple of days ago, MEND accused the JTF of arresting and detaining some so called repentant militants who had come to give up on their arms struggle.

    Vanguard 2009

  • I am a "repentant" hunter; when I was young and very dumb I shot animals to death; as my heart and mind evolved, I felt the shame I should have felt all along, and I gave it up.

    A Reading List For Gun Nuts 2007

  • I can do all of these things, but if I am not heterosexual (or a "repentant," "chaste" homosexual) the doors of the church and the community remain shut.

    Terrance Heath: Are Blacks More Homophobic? 2008

  • The peace accords signed last year provide for the cessation of hostilities, amnesty for "repentant" rebels, and a place for them in the regular army.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2000

  • Menteith had been the kind of repentant erring sinner she imagined him, her first wild desire would have cooled down into the lasting joy of tranquil love.

    The Heavenly Twins Madame Sarah Grand


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