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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ After the visions she'd become a shepherdess of souls, leading them to Our Lady and to repentance.
▪ An old man then reproaches Faustus for selling his soul and counsels repentance which Faustus inclines towards.
▪ Hence their punishment was to be achieved through persuading them to repentance and guilt.
▪ I myself have no feelings of repentance.
▪ Or was there something else she had wanted, some sign of repentance maybe?
▪ Taylor always strongly opposed the Roman Catholic insistence on the efficacy of deathbed repentance.
▪ The man who made a best seller out of a defamatory rant now wants to make a best seller out of repentance.
▪ The practice of meditation and contemplation is life-long, reflecting this daily process of repentance and change at heart.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Repentance \Re*pent"ance\ (r[-e]*p[e^]nt"ans), n. [F. repentance.] 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.

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.

Syn: Contrition; regret; penitence; contriteness; compunction. See Contrition.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French repentance "penitence" (12c.), from present participle stem of repentir (see repent).\n\nRepentance goes beyond feeling to express distinct purposes of turning from sin to righteousness; the Bible word most often translated repentance means a change of mental and spiritual attitude toward sin.

[Century Dictionary]


n. 1 The condition of being penitent. 2 A feeling of regret or remorse for doing wrong or sinning.


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


Repentance, which literally means to turn, is the activity of reviewing one's actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs. It generally involves a commitment to personal change and the resolve to live a more responsible and humane life. The practice of repentance plays an important role in the soteriological doctrines of the world's major religions where it is considered necessary for the attainment of salvation. In religious contexts it often involves an act of confession to God or to a spiritual elder (such as a monk or priest). This typically includes an admission of guilt, a promise or resolve not to repeat the offense; an attempt to make restitution for the wrong, or in some way to reverse the harmful effects of the wrong where possible. Within a form part of the process of psychological healing that takes place during a course of psychotherapy.

Repentance (Esham album)

Repentance is the ninth studio album by Esham. Released in 2003, it is his first album of new material to be released on Psychopathic Records, and his second album on the label overall, after the compilation Acid Rain.

Repentance (disambiguation)

Repentance is an act recognized in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other religions.

Repentance may also refer to:

  • Repentance (theology), a specific aspect of salvation
  • Repentance (Esham album), 2003
  • Repentance (Lee "Scratch" Perry album), 2008
  • Repentance (film), Georgian film directed by Tengiz Abuladze
  • "Repentance" (Star Trek: Voyager), the thirteenth episode broadcast of the seventh season of the TV series Star Trek: Voyager
  • "Repentance" (story), an 1886 short story by Russian author Leo Tolstoy
  • Repentance (song), a song by Dream Theater
  • Repentance, an EP by Paramaecium
Repentance (1987 film)

Repentance (, ) is a Georgian film directed by Tengiz Abuladze. The movie was made in 1984, but its release was banned in the Soviet Union for its semi-allegorical critique of Stalinism. It premiered at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, winning the FIPRESCI Prize, Grand Prize of the Jury, and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. The film was selected as the Soviet entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 60th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.

Repentance (Star Trek: Voyager)

"Repentance" is the 159th episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager airing on the UPN network. It is the 12th episode of the seventh season.

Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet and Maquis crew of the starship USS Voyager after they were stranded in the Delta Quadrant far from the rest of the Federation. In this episode, Voyager assists a ship in distress and ends up ferrying its passengers: criminals en route to their executions.

Repentance (story)

"Repentance" is a short story by Russian author Leo Tolstoy first published in 1886. The story details the difficulties of a repentant sinner's attempts to enter Heaven.

Repentance (Lee "Scratch" Perry album)

Repentance is the title of the fifty-fourth studio album by Jamaican musician and record producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. It was released on August 19, 2008. The album is released by Narnack Records.

Repentance is co-produced by Andrew W.K., and features guest appearances from Aimee Allen, Moby, Don Fleming, Brian Chippendale, Josh Werner, Ari Up, and Sasha Grey.

Repentance (Christianity)

Repentance is a theological term that describes a stage in Christian salvation where the believer turns away from sin. As a distinct stage in the ordo salutis its position is disputed, with some theological traditions arguing it occurs prior to faith and the Reformed theological tradition arguing it occurs after faith. In Roman Catholic theology repentance is part of the larger theological concept of penance. Generally in the Old Testament the term repentance comes from the Hebrew word group that means "turn away from." Sometimes this word group is employed to request a turning from sinful activity (Jeremiah 8:6). In the New Testament the μετανοέω/metanoeo word group can mean remorse but is generally translated as a turning away from sin (Matthew 3:2). Theologically 'repentance', the turning away from sin is linked to a corresponding turn to faith in God.

Repentance (2014 film)

Repentance is a 2014 psychological thriller film directed by Philippe Caland and starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps, Nicole Ari Parker and Sanaa Lathan. Repentance is the first major film production of CodeBlack Films since CodeBlack's merger with Lions Gate Entertainment in May 2012. The film had its limited release in US theaters on February 28, 2014.

Usage examples of "repentance".

Before the Goths could recover from the first surprise, and claim the accomplishment of their doubtful hopes, the victor established his power in Ravenna, beyond the danger of repentance and revolt.

Not out of the sins of your youth only, but out of the best, the most watchful, and the most blameless day you ever live, distil your half-pint of repentance every night before you sleep.

She felt all the repentance which duties neglected bring on a well-regulated mind--her pride revolted at the idea that a daughter of the house of Raby was dependent on the beneficence of a stranger--she resolved that no time should be lost in claiming and receiving her, even while she trembled to think of how, brought up as an alien, she might prove rather a burthen than an acquisition.

I afterwards lay down on the bed, my face to the wall, and remained there the whole day without moving, without speaking a word, and pretending not to hear the tears, cries, and protestations of repentance uttered by the villain.

At the last moment, when repentance did not avail, Derwentwater retracted the declarations of loyalty he had made at his trial, and died protesting his unswerving fidelity to the House of Stuart.

Both dreaded the severe reproof they had reason to expect from their uncle, but he was very forbearing, and thinking the fright and suffering entailed by their folly sufficient to deter them from a repetition of it, kindly refrained from lecturing them on the subject, though, when a suitable opportunity offered, he did talk seriously and tenderly, with now one and now the other, on the guilt and danger of putting off repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, reminding them that they had had a very solemn warning of the shortness and uncertainty of life, and asking them to consider the question whether they were ready for a sudden call into the immediate presence of their Judge.

If they were sometimes tempted by a sally of passion, or by the hopes of concealment, to indulge their favorite superstition, their humble repentance disarmed the severity of the Christian magistrate, and they seldom refused to atone for their rashness, by submitting, with some secret reluctance, to the yoke of the Gospel.

Say that to-night as you look around on the grievous famine of the suppletory arts and stratagems of repentance and reformation in your heathenish bedroom.

Demon indeed must he be who could gaze on those mildly-beaming eyes, on that perfect form, the emblem of sensibility, and yet plunge the spotless mind of which it was an index, into a sea of repentance and unavailing sorrow.

Thirdly, since it needs must be that offences will come, the urgent need of repentance before in some other life or lives we are called upon to reap the harvest of that unrepented folly.

Then in a grave sowed I the seed of patience, and shone upon it with the sun of hope, and watered it with tears of repentance, and breathed on it with the breath of my knowledge.

I could not walk down the street, or take part in ordinary duty or pleasure without being reminded of the dear dead Jane, and of the pleasant aftertime we had dreamed of when she should be restored through my instrumentality to her old quiet home and a life of peace, in which, shielded from every evil, she might devote her days to good deeds and repentance.

While in Brahminism man was deprived of his individuality, and regarded only as an effluence from Brahma, and tormented by the fear of hell, and by the thought of a ceaseless process of countless new births awaiting him after death, whence the necessity of the most painful penances and chastisements, Sakya-muni began with man as an individual, and in morals put purity, abstinence, patience, brotherly love, and repentance for sins committed above sacrifice and bodily mortification, and opened to his followers the prospect, after this weary life, no more to be exposed to the ever-recurring pains of new birth, but released from all suffering to return to Nirvana, or nothingness.

Then, if he also thinks the evil is contrary to the precepts of the Decalog and regards these precepts as divine, he commits the evil of set purpose and by so doing plunges to a depth from which he can be brought out only by active repentance.

Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doeth evil, and glory, honour, and peace to every man that worketh good - that was to be their message, that was to be their weapon, wherewith they were to strike, and did strike, through the hearts of sinners, and convert them to repentance that they might die to sin, and live again to righteousness.