Penitent is an adjective that is used to describe having sorrow for ones sins and faults. Disposed to atonement and amendment. Repentant.
- Thoughts of his past put him in a ‘penitent’ state. However, through this he had a burning desire for positive change in his life.
- Most are ‘penitent’ upon a distressing situation.
- She was extremely ‘penitent’ in court, being aware that she could serve a lengthy sentence behind prison bars.