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Definition of penitent:

  1. Doing penance.
  2. Feeling pain or sorrow on account of sins or offenses; repentant; contrite; sincerely affected by a sense of guilt, and resolved on amendment of life.
  3. One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance.
  4. One under the direction of a confessor.
  5. One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his transgressions.


repentant, contrite, sorry, rueful, ruthful, compunctious, penitential, remorseful, regret.

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