Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “penitent”

See all translations

penitent

adjective uk   /ˈpen.ɪ.tənt/ formal us  
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   /-təns/ us  
He expressed penitence for what he had done.
penitently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  

penitent

noun [C] uk   /ˈpen.ɪ.tənt/ formal us  
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…
(Definition of penitent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of penitent?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

shampoo

a liquid used for washing hair, or for washing particular objects or materials

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More