Definition: feeling sorrow for a previous action
Part of Speech: Adjective
Synonym(s): contrite, sorry
Antonym(s): unrepentant, unashamed
1. The penitent husband begged his wife not to divorce him.
2. The priest told the penitent parishioner to ask God for forgiveness.
3. Because the student was penitent and apologized for misbehaving, he received only a minor consequence.