Definition of penitence in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpenitəns/


The action of feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong; repentance: a public display of penitence
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  • Such is his infinite penitence and regret that he looks out on the world and the bereaved family through a window of tears.
  • We are, it seems, so far gone in sin and decadence that no repentance or penitence can be adequate.
  • They were intended to move the will of the one praying not only to compunction for sin and penitence, but to a desire for God and confidence in God's love.
repentance, contrition, regret, remorse, remorsefulness, ruefulness, sorrow, sorrowfulness, pangs of conscience, self-reproach, shame, guilt, compunction
archaic rue

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Syllabification: pen·i·tence

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