Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to penitence, penance, or punishment.

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Usage examples "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", 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", Laura S. Haviland.
  3. Robert looked forward to a penitential Sabbath- day. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.