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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 re·pen·tance /rɪˈpɛntṇ(t)s/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·pent·ance n.  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.   --2. Cor. vii. 20.
    Repentance is a change of mind, or a conversion from sin to God.   --Hammond.
    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.   --Rambler.
 Syn: -- Contrition; regret; penitence; contriteness; compunction. See Contrition.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : remorse for your past conduct [syn: penitence, penance]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    There are three Greek words used in the New Testament to denote
    repentance. (1.) The verb _metamelomai_ is used of a change of
    mind, such as to produce regret or even remorse on account of
    sin, but not necessarily a change of heart. This word is used
    with reference to the repentance of Judas (Matt. 27:3).
      (2.) Metanoeo, meaning to change one's mind and purpose, as
    the result of after knowledge. This verb, with (3) the cognate
    noun _metanoia_, is used of true repentance, a change of mind
    and purpose and life, to which remission of sin is promised.
      Evangelical repentance consists of (1) a true sense of one's
    own guilt and sinfulness; (2) an apprehension of God's mercy in
    Christ; (3) an actual hatred of sin (Ps. 119:128; Job 42:5, 6; 2
    Cor. 7:10) and turning from it to God; and (4) a persistent
    endeavour after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of
    his commandments.
      The true penitent is conscious of guilt (Ps. 51:4, 9), of
    pollution (51:5, 7, 10), and of helplessness (51:11; 109:21,
    22). Thus he apprehends himself to be just what God has always
    seen him to be and declares him to be. But repentance
    comprehends not only such a sense of sin, but also an
    apprehension of mercy, without which there can be no true
    repentance (Ps. 51:1; 130:4).