V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (adj.) feeling or showing remorse for something; (n.) a regretful or remorseful person
Synonyms: (adj.) shamed, apologetic, regretful, remorseful, sorry, sorrowful, amending, atoning, contrite
Antonyms: (adj.) arrogant, defensive, stubborn
Tips: Think of the related noun penance, as it means "remorse for past conduct." Penitent describes a person feeling strong remorse. Penitent is similar to the word contrite. Penitent should be used to describe someone who knows they have done something wrong and are ashamed of the wrong doing. For example: "The penitent child hung his head low after he rudely cursed." Contrite should be used to describe the nature of a person's apology and whether or not it is genuine: "I couldn't tell if he was truly contrite when he apologized."
The penitent defendant broke down in tears after the verdict was read. (remorseful, regretful) adjective
The priest listened to the confessions of penitents all day long. (atoning members) noun
What you did was very wrong, but because you have been so penitent, I'm willing to forgive you. (remorseful, contrite) adjective
Her apology was rather weak, and I don't really think she's penitent at all. (sorry, regretful) adjective
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