What does the word penitential mean?

Usage examples for penitential

  1. Yet could not get true repentance, or even the knowledge of sin, though it had a mighty hunger and longing desire after such penitential sorrow. – Dialogues on the Supersensual Life by Jacob Behmen
  2. As I retired, I knelt by my bedside, and repeated the same prayer, with a few additional words, imploring the aid of the Holy Spirit to teach me the way of life, and penitential tears began to flow. – A Woman's Life-Work Labors and Experiences by Laura S. Haviland
  3. Robert looked forward to a penitential Sabbath- day. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith