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English definition of “penitent”

penitent

adjective     /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.Making and accepting apologies penitence     /-təns/ noun [U] Making and accepting apologies penitently     /-li/ adverb
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