Meaning of penitent

pen•i•tent

Pronunciation: (pen'i-tunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and disposed to atonement and amendment; repentant; contrite.
—n.
  1. a penitent person.
  2. a person who confesses sin and submits to a penance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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