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Definition 1: (Roman Catholic Church) a person who repents for wrongdoing (a Roman Catholic may be admitted to penance under the direction of a confessor) - [noun denoting person]

(penitent is a kind of ...) a person who manifests devotion to a deity

(... is a kind of penitent ) a person who whips himself as a religious penance

(penitent belongs to category ...) the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy

Definition 2: feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds - [adjective denoting all]

Synonyms for penitent in the sense of this definition

(penitent is similar to ...) feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

(penitent is similar to ...) showing or constituting penance

"penitential tears" "wrote a penitential letter apologizing for her hasty words"

(means also ...) feeling shame or guilt or embarrassment or remorse

"are you ashamed for having lied?" "felt ashamed of my torn coat"

(means also ...) feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone

"felt regretful over his vanished youth" "regretful over mistakes she had made" "he felt bad about breaking the vase"

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