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They are unquestionably penitent now; but then, you know, they have the recollection of very recent suffering fresh upon them.
THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF THE PICKWICK CLUB, V. 2(OF 2)CHARLES DICKENS
Note that the penitent is here supposed to address his own parish-priest.
CHAUCER'S WORKS, VOLUME 1 (OF 7) -- ROMAUNT OF THE ROSE; MINOR POEMSGEOFFREY CHAUCER
In this capacity, he assisted at the public confession of his penitent, Mme. Graslin, in the summer of 1844.
REPERTORY OF THE COMEDIE HUMAINE, COMPLETE, A -- ZANATOLE CERFBERR AND JULES FRANOIS CHRISTOPHE
It was also, probably, designed as a protest against the rigour of the Novatians in refusing reconciliation to penitent apostates.
THE CATACOMBS OF ROMEWILLIAM HENRY WITHROW
Discussions of the relative merits of The Fair Penitent and its source have been almost invariably acrimonious.
THE FATAL DOWRYPHILIP MASSINGER
In spite of his words and his elaborately penitent expression, Clara only partially understood him.
OVERLANDJOHN WILLIAM DE FOREST
The first figure which appears is a veiled penitent bearing the standard of the Sodality.
BELGIUMGEORGE W. T. (GEORGE WILLIAM THOMSON) OMOND
Only one boy sympathised with him, but he did so deeply—poor little penitent Vernon.
ERIC, OR LITTLE BY LITTLEFREDERIC W. FARRAR
The penitent man said his prayers this morning and vowed on his knees humility and a new life.
IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO MENDCHARLES READE
The convicted sinner, the penitent, had nothing in common with Hubert Lepel, as known to the world at large.
A LIFE SENTENCEADELINE SERGEANT
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO PENITENT

  • apologetic
  • ashamed
  • attritional
  • compunctious
  • contrite
  • disappointed
  • mournful
  • penitent
  • remorseful
  • repentant
  • rueful
  • sorrowful
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