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Definitionfeeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
- He ran as if to bring me aid. And I was penitent; for in my heart I had always despised him a little.2 -- An Encounter (**% in)
penitent = feeling sorrow for having done wrong
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