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penitentadjective

uk   us   /ˈpen.ɪ.tənt/ formal
showing that you are sorry for something you have done because you feel it was wrong: "I'm sorry," she said with a penitent smile. It was hard to be angry with him when he looked so penitent.
penitence
noun [U] uk   us   /-təns/
He expressed penitence for what he had done.
penitently
adverb uk   us   /-li/

penitentnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpen.ɪ.tənt/ formal
a person who is performing a formal religious act to show that they are sorry for something they have done wrong
Translations of “penitent”
in Chinese (Traditional) 悔過的,懺悔的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 悔过的,忏悔的…
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