Definition of Penitential

1. Adjective. Showing or constituting penance. "Wrote a penitential letter apologizing for her hasty words"

Exact synonyms: Penitentiary
Similar to: Penitent, Repentant
Derivative terms: Penitence



Definition of Penitential

1. a. Of or pertaining to penitence, or to penance; expressing penitence; of the nature of penance; as, the penitential book; penitential tears.

2. n. A book formerly used by priests hearing confessions, containing rules for the imposition of penances; -- called also penitential book.

Definition of Penitential

1. Adjective. Pertaining to penance or penitence ¹

2. Noun. a book or set of rules pertaining to the Christian sacrament of penance ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Penitential

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Penitential

1. A book formerly used by priests hearing confessions, containing rules for the imposition of penances. Synonym: penitential book. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Penitential

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"These canons, collected, adapted to later practice, and completed by suitable directions formed the nucleus of the penitential .Books (see THEOLOGY, MORAL; ..."

2. Manual of Universal Church History by Johannes Baptist Alzog, Francis Joseph Pabisch, Thomas Sebastian Byrne (1890)
"penitential Discipline. Of. Bibliography, Vol. L, p. 424. ... These frightful scourges led to a revival of penitential severity, which, in some places, ..."

3. A Source Book for Ancient Church History: From the Apostolic Age to the by Joseph Cullen Ayer (1913)
"THE penitential DISCIPLINE In baptism the convert received remission of all former ... After this the penitential discipline developed rapidly and became an ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"penitential Canons, rules laid down by councils or bishops concerning the ... They all belong to the ancient penitential discipline and have now onlv an ..."

5. Councils and ecclesiastical documents relating to Great Britain and Ireland by William Stubbs, David Wilkins (1871)
"231-247, published a very much shorter penitential, which is believed to be the ... I. The Confessional and penitential of Wilkins and Thorpe exists in the ..."

6. Introduction to the Study of English History by Samuel Rawson Gardiner, James Bass Mullinger (1881)
"The penitential System. higher in others. The monk could not help being an ... The penitential system of the Church was an attempt to implant amongst laymen ..."

7. A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities by William Smith, Samuel Cheetham (1880)
"This penitential was first printed, but not completely, ... This element in the penitential would lead to the con- ..."

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