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synonyms for penitential

  • apologetic
  • attritional
  • chastened
  • compunctious
  • conscience-stricken
  • contrite
  • guilt-ridden
  • mournful
  • penitent
  • regretful
  • repentant
  • rueful
  • sad
  • self-reproachful
  • sorrowful
  • sorry
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How to use penitential in a sentence

Very devoted, but a "wooden" woman, a "veritable penitential brush."
REPERTORY OF THE COMEDIE HUMAINE, COMPLETE, A -- ZANATOLE CERFBERR AND JULES FRANOIS CHRISTOPHE
Condemned to be strangled, he heard the sentence without a murmur, and went to his death singing the penitential psalms.
BELGIUMGEORGE W. T. (GEORGE WILLIAM THOMSON) OMOND
I ought to add that he has tried to make reparation, and is apparently contrite to the limit of his penitential capacity.
THE LETTERS OF AMBROSE BIERCEAMBROSE BIERCE
It was her first openly penitential utterance in his presence, and her cheeks were faintly reddened.
RHODA FLEMING, COMPLETEGEORGE MEREDITH
On his death-bed the conqueror Henry V was listening to the priests repeating the penitential psalms.
THE LIFE OF JOAN OF ARC, VOL. 1 AND 2 (OF 2)ANATOLE FRANCE
The atmosphere of that penitential spot had been such as to make her feel faint and dizzy.
THE HISTORY OF SIR RICHARD CALMADYLUCAS MALET
That last engine of ours threw ashes to a truly penitential extent.
THE HISTORY OF SIR RICHARD CALMADYLUCAS MALET
It was to determine what amount of prayer and penitential exercises should be the normal practice of the Society.
THE JESUITS, 1534-1921THOMAS J. CAMPBELL
Here he passed eight days in the performance of all the humiliating and penitential rites of his religion.
HERNANDO CORTEZJOHN S. C. ABBOTT
Penitential prayers in all ages have too often wanted faith in God, and therefore have been too often prayers to avert punishment.
DAILY THOUGHTSCHARLES KINGSLEY
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO PENITENTIAL

  • atoning
  • attritional
  • compunctious
  • conciliatory
  • contrite
  • expiatory
  • explanatory
  • on one's knees
  • penitent
  • penitential
  • propitiatory
  • regretful
  • remorseful
  • repentant
  • rueful
  • self-effacing
  • self-incriminating
  • sorry
  • supplicating
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.