Resipiscence

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Resipiscence Wisdom derived from severe experience; hence, repentance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n resipiscence Change to a better frame of mind; repentance. The term is never used for that regret of a vicious man at letting pass an opportunity of vice or crime which is sometimes called repentance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Resipiscence res-i-pis′ens change to a better frame of mind
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. resipiscentia, from resipiscere, to recover one's senses: cf. F. résipiscence,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. resipiscentiaresipiscĕre, to repent—re-, again, sapĕre, to be wise.