Definition of Penitence

1. Noun. Remorse for your past conduct.

Exact synonyms: Penance, Repentance
Generic synonyms: Compunction, Remorse, Self-reproach
Derivative terms: Penitent, Penitential, Penitentiary, Repent, Repentant

Definition of Penitence

1. n. The quality or condition of being penitent; the disposition of a penitent; sorrow for sins or faults; repentance; contrition.

Definition of Penitence

1. Noun. (condition Condition) of being (penitent). ¹

2. Noun. (feeling Feeling) of (regret) or (remorse) for doing (wrong) or (sinning). ¹

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Definition of Penitence

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Penitence

penitence (current term)

Literary usage of Penitence

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury (1903)
"And now, sith I have declared yow what thing is penitence, now shul ye ... The firste accion of penitence is, that a man be baptized after that he hath ..."

2. Journal of Theological Studies (1902)
"He seems, in fact, to try- to bring bad the coarser view by associating it with the more refined theory of vicarious penitence, with which ft has no real or ..."

3. The History of the Norman Conquest of England by Edward Augustus Freeman (1873)
"Waltheof remained for months in his 'bonds, but they were months of deep penitence. One sin at least we know that Waltheof had upon his soul for which the ..."

4. A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities: Being a Continuation of the by Samuel Cheetham (1880)
"The sins thus privately confessed with a view to penitence were those only of a grievous character, tics which excluded from communion or public prayer, ..."

5. A History of Auricular Confession and Indulgences in the Latin Church by Henry Charles Lea (1896)
"sacraments of penitence and Matrimony date from the beginning of the human race, and before the time of grace, for they were both instituted for our first ..."

6. General History of the Christian Religion and Church by August Neander, K. F. Th Schneider (1853)
"... and indulgences, without impressing on their hearts the nature and the conditions of true penitence, did but confirm them in their sinful propensities. ..."

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