repent

repent
repent
repent1 [ri pent′]
vi.
[ME repenten < OFr repentir < VL repoenitere < L re-, again + poenitere, for paenitere: see PENITENT]
1. to feel sorry or self-reproachful for what one has done or failed to do; be conscience-stricken or contrite: often with of
2. to feel such regret or dissatisfaction over some past action, intention, etc. as to change one's mind about: often with of [to repent of one's generosity]
3. to feel so contrite over one's sins as to change, or decide to change, one's ways; be penitent
vt.
1. to feel sorry, contrite, or self-reproachful over (an error, sin, etc.)
2. to feel such regret or dissatisfaction over as to change one's mind about [to repent one's kindness]
repenter
n.
repent2 [rē′pənt]
adj.
[L repens, prp. of repere, to creep: see REPTILE]
Biol. creeping or crawling

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  • Repent — Re*pent (r? p?nt ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Repented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Repenting}.] [F. se repentir; L. pref. re re + poenitere to make repent, poenitet me it repents me, I repent. See {Penitent}.] 1. To feel pain, sorrow, or regret, for what one… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Repent — Re*pent , v. t. 1. To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow. [1913 Webster] I do repent it from my very soul. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To feel regret or sorrow; used reflexively. [1913 Webster] My father has repented him ere now. Dryden …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • repent — late 13c., to feel regret for sins or crimes, from O.Fr. repentir (11c.), from re , intensive prefix, + V.L. *penitire to regret, from L. poenitire make sorry, from poena (see PENAL (Cf. penal)). The distinction between REGRET (Cf. regret) (q.v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • repent — ► VERB 1) feel or express sincere regret or remorse. 2) feel regret or remorse about. DERIVATIVES repentance noun repentant adjective repenter noun. ORIGIN Old French repentir, from Latin paenitere cause to repent …   English terms dictionary

  • Repent — Re pent (r? p?nt), a. [L. repens, entis, creeping, p. pr. of repere to creep.] 1. (Bot.) Prostrate and rooting; said of stems. Gray. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Same as {Reptant}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • repent — I verb apologize, atone for, be conscience striken, be penitent, be sorry for, beg pardon, bemoan, bewail, cry over, deplore, do penance, expiate, feel contrition, feel regret, feel remorse, grieve, have a guilty conscience, have qualms, humble… …   Law dictionary

  • repent — [v] ask forgiveness apologize, atone, be ashamed, be contrite, be sorry, bewail, deplore, feel remorse, have qualms, lament, reform, regret, relent, reproach oneself, rue, see error of ways*, show penitence, sorrow; concepts 48,410 …   New thesaurus

  • repent — v. 1) to repent sincerely 2) (D; intr.) to repent of (to repent of one s sins) 3) (rare) (G) he repented having stolen the car * * * [ riːpənt] (rare) (G) he repented having stolen the car to repent sincerely (D; intr.) to repent of (to repent of …   Combinatory dictionary

  • repent — verb (formal) ADVERB ▪ genuinely, sincerely, truly ▪ In order to be saved one must truly repent. VERB + REPENT ▪ come to ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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