Definition of Penitent

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

Category relationships: Church Of Rome, Roman Catholic, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church
Generic synonyms: Religious Person
Specialized synonyms: Flagellant



2. Adjective. Feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds.

Definition of Penitent

1. a. 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.

2. n. One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his transgressions.

Definition of Penitent

1. Adjective. 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. ¹

2. Adjective. Doing penance. ¹

3. Noun. One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his or her transgressions. ¹

4. Noun. One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance. ¹

5. Noun. One under the direction of a confessor. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Penitent

1. a person who repents his sins [n -S]

Medical Definition of Penitent

1. 1. One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his transgressions. 2. One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance. 3. One under the direction of a confessor. Penitents is an appellation given to certain fraternities in Roman Catholic countries, distinguished by their habit, and employed in charitable acts. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Penitent

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1. A History of Auricular Confession and Indulgences in the Latin Church by Henry Charles Lea (1896)
"While, rigidly speaking, the penitent is perhaps not bound by the seal of the ... Saving this, it is a mortal sin for the penitent to speak of what the ..."

2. A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities: Being a Continuation of the by Samuel Cheetham (1880)
"Their working will best be seen by taking the penitent through the ... The penitent is allowed by him to pass from the station below to full communion. ..."

3. The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor: With a Life of the Author by Jeremy Taylor, Reginald Heber (1828)
"THAT is, supposing the opinion of the penitent to be-probable, and that he did the ... But if the opinion of the penitent be certainly false, or the parent, ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The name of penitent was applied especially to those who performed public ... If the confessor deemed it necessary, he obliged the penitent to appear before ..."

5. The Observer: Being a Collection of Moral, Literary and Familiar Essays by Richard Cumberland (1791)
"SAMUEL JOHNSON, in his -life of Rowr, •pronounces of The Fair penitent, ... Few people, I believe, will think this character of The Fair penitent 'too ..."

6. The History of Modern Europe: With an Account of the Decline & Fall of the by William Russell, Charles Coote (1822)
"A penitent," said they, " is incapable of all civil offices; a royal penitent " must therefore be incapable of reigning; ..."

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