What does the word penitent mean?

Usage examples for penitent

  1. Humbled, penitent, and with a rush of warm affection filling his heart, he said, I should have known you were not to blame, but you are always right. – The Major by Ralph Connor
  2. In another car comes the penitent Magdalen, dressed in pure white, and decorated with flowers. – Spanish Life in Town and Country by L. Higgin and Eugène E. Street