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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR REPENT

If you don't put down that gun in double quick time, you'll repent it.

The alderman saw no reason to repent his decision, hastily as it had been made.

There, some are tempted to buy; and some repent of having bought.

But after a night of cool reflection they began to repent of their haste.

If we have fallen into disgrace by sin, we should repent and lead a better life.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

And it is a very true proverb, 'Marry in haste and repent at leisure.'

They say you'll repent it if you stay, an' there'll be a hurrah-boys all round.

It's sent as a warning to repent you of your sins, and it's howling because it hates to go back.

We resolved that this discriminating company should not repent its choice.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to feel such regret for sins or crimes as produces amendment of life," from Old French repentir (11c.), from re-, here probably an intensive prefix (see re-), + Vulgar Latin *penitire "to regret," from Latin poenitire "make sorry," from poena (see penal). The distinction between regret (q.v.) and repent is made in many modern languages, but the differentiation is not present in older periods. Related: Repented; repenting.

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