repentance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n repentance remorse for your past conduct
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Grasping your ears is a sign of repentance or sincerity in India.
    • n Repentance The act of repenting, or the state of being penitent; sorrow for what one has done or omitted to do; especially, contrition for sin. "Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation.""Repentance is a change of mind, or a conversion from sin to God.""Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice from the conviction that it has offended God. Sorrow, fear, and anxiety are properly not parts, but adjuncts, of repentance ; yet they are too closely connected with it to be easily separated."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n repentance The act of repenting; the state of being penitent; sorrow or contrition for what one has done or left undone.
    • n repentance In theology, a change of mental and spiritual habit respecting sin, involving a hatred of and sorrow because of it, and a hearty and genuine abandonment of it in conduct of life.
    • n repentance Synonyms Repentance, Penitence, Contrition, Compunction, Regret, Remorse, may express the sorrowful feeling of the wrong-doer in view of his conduct. Regret is quite as often used of wishing that one had not done that which is unwise; as applied to misconduct, it expresses the feeblest degree of sorrow for doing wrong; but it may contain no element of real repentance. Repentance goes beyond feeling to express distinct purposes of turning from sin to righteousness; the Bible word most often translated repentance means a change of mental and spiritual attitude toward sin. Strictly, repentance is the beginning of amendment of life; the word does not imply any greater degree of feeling than is necessary to bring about a change, whether the turning be from a particular sin or from an attitude of sin. Penitence implies a large measure of feeling, and applies more exclusively than repentance to wrong-doing as an offense against God and right. Contrition, literally breaking or bruising, is essentially the same as penitence; it is a deep, quiet, and continued sorrow, chiefly for specific acts. Compunction, literally pricking, is a sharp pang of regret or self-reproach, often momentary and not always resulting in moral benefit. It is more likely than remorse to result in good. Remorse, literally gnawing, is naturally sharper mental suffering than compunction; the word often suggests a sort of spiritual despair or hopelessness, paralyzing one for efforts to attain repentance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Repentance sorrow for what has been done or left undone: contrition for sin, producing newness of life
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Quotations

  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “A wicked book cannot repent.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “From listening comes wisdom and from speaking, repentance.”
  • George Eliot
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    “When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.”
  • Moliere
    Moliere
    “We often marry in despair, so that we repent of it all our life after.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “You'll repent if you marry, and repent if you don't.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “Bad men are full of repentance.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. repentance,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. repentirre-, and O. Fr. pentir—L. pœnitēre, to cause to repent.

Usage

In literature:

Self-righteous men are here represented by a self-righteous man, and repenting sinners by a repenting sinner.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
I could bear to repent if my repentance could avail But you are gone into the great dark.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
That all heretics who repented, should be imprisoned for life.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
Men to repent, but when He strikes withal.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
The sin, till it was repented, was damning; but now that it was repented, he could almost love the sinner for the sin.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Then when punished by man, they repent and turn to God, and thereby are saved through their own lusts.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
Never, in all the years we lived together, did he repent of these particular deeds done in the body.
"A Circuit Rider's Wife" by Corra Harris
God help these sinners to repentance!
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
Deeply did we now repent what we had done; deeply did we rue the tasting of that blood-like sap.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
And then there would be time left to him to relieve his conscience by repentance.
"Cousin Henry" by Anthony Trollope
If you act rashly, you will repent for ever having quitted the path of loyalty and duty.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Is there any cause whatever for repentance?
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
No mail-sifter of a little two-for-a-cent town like Eagle is goin' to put it all over me that way and not repent of it.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
But he concluded that it was too late for him to repent.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
It is obvious, at the first glance, that this doctrine destroys all reasonable ground for repentance.
"The Calvinistic Doctrine of Predestination Examined and Refuted" by Francis Hodgson
But I sorely repented this part afterward, as you shall hear.
"The Fortunate Mistress (Parts 1 and 2)" by Daniel Defoe
Repentance is one of the fundamental doctrines of the Bible.
"The Way to God and How to Find It" by Dwight Moody
Bad men can grow better, or else all talk of repentance would be mere lies and deceit.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
They will have to drop that sin, and repent of it, before they see the kingdom of God.
"Weighed and Wanting" by Dwight Moody
Machi'vel, thy hand, I can't repent, farewell: My burthened conscience sinks me down to hell.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
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In poetry:

While his arms his love embrace.
In the sinner repentant the Godhead feels joy;
Immortals delight thus their might to employ.
Lost children to raise to a heavenly place.
"The God And The Bayadere - An Indian Legend" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Perhaps you really wished to come,
But now you are so far from home
Repent the trial.
What! did you leave celestial bliss
To bless us with a daughter's kiss?
What self-denial!
"To A New-Born Child" by William Cosmo Monkhouse
Stephen, who died while I stood by consenting,
Wrought in his death the making of a life,
Bruised one hard heart to thought of swift repenting,
Fitted one fighter for a nobler strife.
"Stephen--Saul" by John Oxenham
Forgiveness, too, will flourish in the skies--
Justice, transplanted thither, yields fair fruit;
And if repentance, borne to heaven, dies,
'Tis that no tears are there to wet its root.
"Perennials" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Lift up thine eyes, and spread thy hands, betimes,
And bend thy knees with supplication meek,
Beat, beat thy breast, repent thee of thy crimes,
Confess thy sins, and for God's favour seek.
"Advice To Prepare Ourselves, Before We Come To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard
Repent with me, for judgement waits.
Repent with me, for Jesus hung
Three hours upon the nails for you.
Rise, bid the angels sing anew
At every one of Sion's gates
The song which then for me they sung.
"A Letter" by Digby Mackworth Dolben

In news:

Pussy Riot deserve mercy if they repent .
The Two Paths for Country-Music Stars With Drinking Problems: Repent or Die.
INTERVIEWS The-Dream Shares Repentant 'Tender Tendencies' Ballad as '1977' Bonus.
Guilty' & repentant : Jury returns quick verdict, judge issues life sentence.
Nabil Asli and Adila Bendimerad in 'The Repentant .'.
CNN's Nkepile Mabuse talks to a repentant rapist who explains South Africa's cultural acceptance of rape.
Russian church urges Pussy Riot members to repent.
Pussy Riot deserve mercy if they repent.
A Superstar Televangelist in Pakistan Divides, Then Repents.
He now casts himself as a repentant sinner.
I am not sure where you learned that the Lord Jesus only forgives if we are repentant.
In some way we were to destroy it because God had forgiven us for all those sins we had committed, and it was all on the basis of a repentant heart and the promise of His word.
Brad Pitt repents for pet projects with 'World War Z' trailer.
"The "Journey of Repentance – a Tacoma peace group's apology tour of Hiroshima and Nagasaki last summer – seems all but forgotten here, but it's apparently still echoing in Japan.
Partner in haste/repent in leisure.
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In science:

La colisi´on ocurre a la derecha de la imagen, donde de repente, surgen tres trazas (un mu´on, un prot´on y un pi´on). (Derecha) Otra interacci´on neutrino-nucle´on, esta vez recogida por uno de los planos de detecci´on de una c´amara de deriva de Arg´on L´ıquido.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
Note that the color dipole moments are able to find the letter patterns. In a repent paper , the use of edge detection based on color dipole moments was proposed for a digital restoration of ancient papyri. Fig.3 shows also a comparison with GIMP results.
Color Dipole Moments for Edge Detection
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