Definition of repent in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈpent/


[no object]
1Feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin: the priest 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, regret, be sorry, rue, reproach oneself, be ashamed, feel contrite;
be penitent, be remorseful, be repentant
1.1 [with object] View or think of (an action or omission) with deep regret or remorse: Marian came to repent her hasty judgment
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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.



Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: re·pent

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