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 has done or omitted to do. [1913 Webster]

First she relents With pity; of that pity then repents. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To change the mind, or the course of conduct, on account of regret or dissatisfaction. [1913 Webster]

Lest, peradventure, the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt. --Ex. xiii. 17. [1913 Webster]

3. (Theol.) To be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to love and practice sin. [1913 Webster]

Except ye repent, ye shall likewise perish. --Luke xii. 3. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • repent — REPÉNT, Ă, repenţi, te, adj. (Despre tulpinile plantelor) Care stă culcat pe pământ (şi din loc în loc dă naştere la rădăcini); târâtor. – Din lat. repens, tis. Trimis de LauraGellner, 08.07.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  REPÉNT adj. (bot.) târâtor.… …   Dicționar Român

  • 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:… …   English World dictionary

  • 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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