penitent

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penitent

Christianity
a. a person who repents his sins and seeks forgiveness for them
b. RC Church a person who confesses his sins to a priest and submits to a penance imposed by him

penitent

[′pen·ə·tənt]
(geology)
References in classic literature ?
But soon, as Maggie looked, every distinct thought began to be overflowed by a wave of loving penitence, and words burst forth with a sob.
Of course, a minute or so later I would realise wrathfully that it was all a lie, a revolting lie, an affected lie, that is, all this penitence, this emotion, these vows of reform.
Is there no reality in the penitence thus sealed and witnessed by good works?
It must not be by our means; nay, if we could win him back to penitence, we should be bound to love him yet.