Pen·i·tence n. The quality or condition of being penitent; the disposition of a penitent; sorrow for sins or faults; repentance; contrition. “Penitence of his old guilt.”
Death is deferred, and penitenance has room
To mitigate, if not reverse, the doom. --Dryden.
Syn: -- Repentance; contrition; compunction.
n : remorse for your past conduct [syn: repentance, penance]