Pen vs Penitent - What's the difference?

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Pen is a related term of penitent.


As nouns the difference between pen and penitent

is that pen is an enclosed area used to contain domesticated animals, especially sheep or cattle or pen can be a tool, originally made from a feather but now usually a small tubular instrument, containing ink used to write or make marks or pen can be a female swan or pen can be penalty while penitent is one who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his or her transgressions.

As a verb pen

is to enclose in a pen or pen can be to write (an article, a book, etc).

As a adjective penitent is

feeling pain or sorrow on account of sins or offenses; repentant; contrite; sincerely affected by a sense of guilt, and resolved on amendment of life.

pen

English

(wikipedia pen)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) . More at pin. Sense “prison” originally figurative extension to enclosure for persons (1845), later influenced by

Noun

(en noun)
  • An enclosed area used to contain domesticated animals, especially sheep or cattle.
  • There are two steers in the third pen .
  • A place to confine a person; a prison cell.
  • They caught him with a stolen horse, and he wound up in the pen again.
  • (baseball) The bullpen.
  • Two righties are up in the pen .

    Verb

  • To enclose in a pen.
  • * Milton
  • Watching where shepherds pen their flocks at eve.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (Modern English (m)); note the /p/ ? /f/ Germanic sound change. See feather and for more.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A tool, originally made from a feather but now usually a small tubular instrument, containing ink used to write or make marks.
  • He took notes with a pen .
  • (figurative) A writer, or his style.
  • He has a sharp pen .
  • * Fuller
  • those learned pens
  • A light pen.
  • (zoology) The internal cartilage skeleton of a squid, shaped like a pen.
  • A feather, especially one of the flight feathers of a bird, angel etc.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spendser, The Faerie Queene , I.xi:
  • And eke the pennes , that did his pineons bynd, / Were like mayne-yards, with flying canuas lynd, / With which whenas him list the ayre to beat
  • (poetic) A wing.
  • (Milton)
    Derived terms
    * ball pen * ball-point pen * border pen * bull pen * cartridge pen * felt-tip pen * fountain pen * goose pen * lettering pen * pen cancellation * pen feather * pen-mate * penmanship * pen name * pen pal * pen-pusher * poison pen * you don't dip your pen in company ink

    Verb

    (penn)
  • To write (an article, a book, etc.).
  • Etymology 3

    Origin uncertain.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A female swan.
  • Etymology 4

    Shortned form of penalty

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • penalty
  • References

    penitent

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (archaic) * (qualifier)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Feeling pain or sorrow on account of sins or offenses; repentant; contrite; sincerely affected by a sense of guilt, and resolved on amendment of life.
  • * 1838 , , (The Anatomy of Melancholy) , B. Blake, p.730,
  • If thou be penitent and grieved, or desirous to be so, these heinous sins shall not be laid to thy charge.
  • * Milton
  • Be penitent , and for thy fault contrite.
  • Doing penance.
  • (Shakespeare)

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his or her transgressions.
  • One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance.
  • * 1837 , William Russell, The History of Modern Europe: with an Account of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , Longman, Rees, & Co., page 20,
  • Wamba, who defeated the Saracens in an attempt upon Spain, was deprived of the crown, because he had been clothed in the habit of a penitent , while labouring under the influence of poison, administered by the ambitious Erviga!
  • One under the direction of a confessor.
  • Synonyms

    * penaunt