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adjective as in shamed, sorrowful

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Messages also came from “los arrepentidos,” the penitents—people who said they’d been involved in the burials and were moved to confess.

The administrator’s caravan charted a penitent itinerary along the Gulf Coast, calling on communities of color that the EPA has historically failed to protect.

In one scene, a penitent missus in a shapeless tube dress scratches her head and admits to having crashed the car.

Still, that might not do it: not every believer, or even all members of the penitent, will be taken.

He would later say about his subway pictures that they were made in the “hands of a penitent spy and an apologetic voyeur.”

His admonition last week to the Irish church repeatedly emphasised that heaven still awaits the penitent pedophile priest.

I was glad to learn that Mary Magdalene's penitent side was not the main attraction here.

They are unquestionably penitent now; but then, you know, they have the recollection of very recent suffering fresh upon them.

Note that the penitent is here supposed to address his own parish-priest.

In this capacity, he assisted at the public confession of his penitent, Mme. Graslin, in the summer of 1844.

It was also, probably, designed as a protest against the rigour of the Novatians in refusing reconciliation to penitent apostates.

Discussions of the relative merits of The Fair Penitent and its source have been almost invariably acrimonious.


On this page you'll find 26 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to penitent, such as: repentant, abject, apologetic, atoning, attritional, and compunctious.

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