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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 ​formalreligiousact to show that they are ​sorry for something they have done ​wrong
(Definition of penitent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “penitent”
in Chinese (Simplified) 悔过的,忏悔的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 悔過的,懺悔的…
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