Penitence vs Penitent - What's the difference?

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Penitent is a related term of penitence.

Penitence is a related term of penitent.


As nouns the difference between penitence and penitent

is that penitence is of being (l) while penitent is one who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his or her transgressions.

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.

penitence

Alternative forms

* (archaic)

Noun

(-)
  • of being (l).
  • of (l) or (l) for doing (l) or (l).
  • Synonyms

    * (l), (l), (l), (l) * See also

    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