Definition of repent in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈpɛnt/


[no object]
1Feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin: the Padre urged his listeners to repent he repented of his action
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  • Titian later altered the background, painting out Dosso's intrusive architectural additions, which were doubtlessly prompted by Alfonso but then repented of.
  • Miss Macleod added that her expiring brother said that he had always repented of his actions.
  • Investors in growing enterprises have repented of their boom-era zeal and incautiousness, and are now subjecting every deal to microscopic scrutiny.
feel remorse for, regret, be sorry for, rue, reproach oneself for, be ashamed of, feel contrite about, wish that one had not done something;
be penitent, see the error of one's ways, be regretful, be remorseful, be repentant, be conscience-stricken, be guilt-ridden, wear sackcloth and ashes
1.1 [with object] View or think of (an action or omission) with deep regret or remorse: Marian came to repent her hasty judgement
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  • Judgement tympana warned the congregation to repent their sins, with graphic illustrations of sinners going to hell.
  • It must be noted that the postwar Dutch government, compared with its counterparts in other countries, has done an exemplary job of honestly documenting-and repenting of-its people's wartime collaboration.
  • He repents his ways and gives the impoverished Cratchit a large pay increase, followed by significant donations to charity.
1.2 (repent oneself) archaic Feel regret or penitence about: I repent me of all I did
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  • And I stared at them, remembering how I had shivered in bed when I was okay, when I had repented myself.
  • Then Judas, which had betrayed Him, when he saw that He was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.
  • But it is never enough when we repent ourselves, the only way to be effectively punished is from an outside source.



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  • Most contemporaries cannot identify with the pious monk and virtuoso repenter who bored his superior with six-hour monologues about his sin.


Middle English: from Old French repentir, from re- (expressing intensive force) + pentir (based on Latin paenitere 'cause to repent').

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