penitent


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Synonyms for penitent

Synonyms for penitent

feeling or expressing regret for one's sins or misdeeds

expressing or inclined to express an apology

Synonyms for penitent

(Roman Catholic Church) a person who repents for wrongdoing (a Roman Catholic may be admitted to penance under the direction of a confessor)

feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

References in classic literature ?
It is not known whether it was the devil who gave way, or the monks who grew tired; but within three months the penitent reappeared in the world with the reputation of being the most terrible POSSESSED that ever existed.
murmured the young monk, shrinking back and showing on his countenance the feeling of repugnance which his penitent inspired.
It is true that the clergy did not like to have them empty, since that implied lukewarmness in believers, and that lepers were put into them when there were no penitents on hand.
She now presented herself, with an elaborate apology, and with the nearest approach to a penitent expression of which her face was capable.
Miss de Sor received my reproof in a penitent spirit; she expresses sincere sorrow for having thoughtlessly frightened you.
And I you a happy New Year," responded the Second Blighted Being, with the accent of a penitent accordeon.
John quietly wiped away the blood that followed the blow, fixed his eyes upon the already penitent offender and said with cold composure, "You will die for that.
Alec was preparing to carry Rose downstairs as usual; but Archie and Prince rushed forward, begging with penitent eagerness for the honour of carrying her in an arm-chair.
I shall relate my wrongs, the persecutions that I endure--I, a helpless mortal, a penitent, an unoffending poet
RECOVERING from the first overpowering sensation of surprise, Mercy rapidly advanced, eager to say her first penitent words.
A sublime one saw I to-day, a solemn one, a penitent of the spirit: Oh, how my soul laughed at his ugliness!
The prince apparently had plenty more to say, but as soon as the princess heard his tone she subsided at once, and became penitent, as she always did on serious occasions.
Who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, and dies a Penitent.
I tell you, sir, if this one man be made a true penitent, there will be no need of me; he will make Christians of all in the island.
The goatherd, who was by this time tired of pummelling and being pummelled, released him at once, and Don Quixote rising to his feet and turning his eyes to the quarter where the sound had been heard, suddenly saw coming down the slope of a hill several men clad in white like penitents.