Pronunciation: (pen'i-tunt), [key]
feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and disposed to atonement and amendment; repentant; contrite.
1. a penitent person.
2. Rom. Cath. Ch.a person who confesses sin and submits to a penance.
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