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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)
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Alec relented so far as to propose two gold rings for the ears instead of one copper one for the nose; a proceeding which proved that if Rose had all the weakness of her sex for jewellery, he had all the inconsistency of his in giving a pretty penitent exactly what she wanted, spite of his better judgment.
had felt no impulse to take a suffering and a penitent fellow-creature by the hand was the same woman who could feel no pity, who could spare no insolence of triumph, now.
Far too long did he sit in the shade; the cheeks of the penitent of the spirit became pale; he almost starved on his expectations.
This sharing out the land to them I left to Will Atkins, who was now grown a sober, grave, managing fellow, perfectly reformed, exceedingly pious and religious; and, as far as I may be allowed to speak positively in such a case, I verily believe he was a true penitent.
Don Quixote when he saw the strange garb of the penitents, without reflecting how often he had seen it before, took it into his head that this was a case of adventure, and that it fell to him alone as a knight-errant to engage in it; and he was all the more confirmed in this notion, by the idea that an image draped in black they had with them was some illustrious lady that these villains and discourteous thieves were carrying off by force.
The curate was known to another curate who walked in the procession, and their recognition of one another set at rest the apprehensions of both parties; the first then told the other in two words who Don Quixote was, and he and the whole troop of penitents went to see if the poor gentleman was dead, and heard Sancho Panza saying, with tears in his eyes, "Oh flower of chivalry, that with one blow of a stick hast ended the course of thy well-spent life
Penitent can perhaps benefit from having his sights lowered a shade in the Ripon Rowels Handicap.
But Penitent, another horse out to become a first multiple winner of the race since 1958, could be heading for retirement if he fails to sparkle at Doncaster.
PENITENT rolled back the years to land a shock 33-1 success in the Timeform Jury Stakes at Haydock Park yesterday.
PENITENT PARDS PAYS FROM BACK PAGE NEWCASTLE 0 MANCHESTER last Sunday was "not appropriate, Daddy".
At one time, most American Lutheranism offered only a conditional absolution--promising forgiveness to the penitent but also threatening judgment to the impenitent.
It's easy to get lost in country singer Jamey Johnson's impossibly deep voice, whether he's waxing nostalgic in "In Color,'' penitent in "High Cost of Living'' or confrontational in "The Redneck Side of Me.