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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PENITENT

But if she began to cry, then Harry had the worst of it, and was as penitent as any good child.

The praying of this petition presupposes a penitent state of heart.

Macdonald's always the first one to go up to the penitent bench.

It only needed a beginning, and the penitent bench would be crowded.

She still saw the dress of the penitent who was at the confessional near the entrance.

She was surprised at no longer seeing the penitent, who had already gone.

Had not the penitent Harold more peace at the last than the king Henry?

There was also the penitent wolf, who had restored a little pig he had intended eating.

Have mercy upon him, and give him a penitent heart, and wash away his sin.

I hope not: but God can pardon the penitent, however great their offences.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Old French pénitent (14c.) and directly from Latin paenitentem (see penitence). As a noun, late 14c., from the adjective.

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