penitence

See also: pénitence

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EtymologyEdit

First attested circa 13th century, from Middle English penitence, from Old French penitence, from Latin paenitentia (repentance, penitence), from paenitēns (penitent), present active participle of paeniteō (regret, repent). Doublet of penance.

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  • enPR: pĕnʹĭ-təns

NounEdit

penitence (countable and uncountable, plural penitences)

  1. The condition of being penitent; a feeling of regret or remorse for doing wrong or sinning.

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Middle FrenchEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin paenitentia.

NounEdit

penitence f (plural penitences)

  1. (chiefly Christianity) penitence (repentance for one's sins)

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  • French: pénitence

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin paenitentia.

NounEdit

penitence f (oblique plural penitences, nominative singular penitence, nominative plural penitences)

  1. (chiefly Christianity) penitence (repentance for one's sins)

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