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

 pen·i·tent /-tənt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pen·i·tent a.
 1. Feeling pain or sorrow on account of sins or offenses; repentant; contrite; sincerely affected by a sense of guilt, and resolved on amendment of life.
    Be penitent, and for thy fault contrite.   --Milton.
    The proud he tamed, the penitent he cheered.   --Dryden.
 2. Doing penance. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pen·i·tent, n.
 1. One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his transgressions.
 2. One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance.
 3. One under the direction of a confessor.
 Note:Penitents is an appellation given to certain fraternities in Roman Catholic countries, distinguished by their habit, and employed in charitable acts.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds [syn: repentant]
            [ant: impenitent, impenitent]
      n : (Roman Catholic Church) a person who repents for wrongdoing
          (a Roman Catholic may be admitted to penance under the
          direction of a confessor)