What does repent mean?

Definitions for repent
ˈri pənt, rɪˈpɛntre·pent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. repent, atoneverb

    turn away from sin or do penitence

  2. repent, regret, rueverb

    feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about


  1. repentverb

    To feel pain, sorrow, or regret for what one has done or omitted to do; the cause for repenting may be indicated with "of".

  2. repentverb

    To be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to love and practice sin.

  3. repentverb

    To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.

  4. repentverb

    To be sorry for, to regret.

    I repent my sins.

  5. repentverb

    To cause to have sorrow or regret.

  6. repentverb

    To cause (oneself) to feel pain or regret.

  7. Etymology: From repentir, from re- + a late derivative of poenitere, alteration of paenitere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Repentverb

    If Desdemona will return me my jewels, I will give over my suit, and repent my unlawful solicitation. William Shakespeare.

    Thou, like a contrite penitent
    Charitably warn’d of thy sins, dost repent
    These vanities and giddinesses, lo
    I shut my chamber-door; come, let us go. John Donne.

    His late follies he would late repent. Dryden.

    I repent me, that the duke is slain. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    No man repented him of his wickedness; saying, what have I done? Jeremiah viii. 6.

    Judas, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself. Matthew xxvii. 3.

    My father has repented him ere now,
    Or will repent him when he finds me dead. Dryden.

    Each age sinn’d on;
    Till God arose, and great in anger said,
    Lo! it repenteth me, that man was made. Matthew Prior.

  2. To REPENTverb

    Etymology: repentir, Fr.

    God led them not through the land of the Philistines, lest peradventure the people repent, when they see war and they return. Exodus xiii. 17.

    Nor had I any reservations in my own soul, when I passed that bill; nor repentings after. Charles I .

    Upon any deviation from virtue, every rational creature so deviating, should condemn, renounce, and be sorry for every such deviation; that is, repent of it. South.

    First she relents
    With pity, of that pity then repents. Dryden.

    Still you may prove the terror of your foes;
    Teach traitors to repent of faithless leagues. Ambrose Philips.

    Poor Enobarbus did before thy face repent. William Shakespeare.

    Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonas. Matt. xii. 41.


  1. repent

    Repentance is reviewing one's actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs, which is accompanied by commitment to and actual actions that show and prove a change for the better.In modern times, it is generally seen as involving a commitment to personal change and the resolve to live a more responsible and humane life. In other words, being sorry for one's misdeeds. It can also involve sorrow over a specific sin or series of sins that an individual feels guilt over, or conviction that they have committed. The practice of repentance plays an important role in the soteriological doctrines of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Analogous practices have been found in other world religions as well. In religious contexts, it often involves an act of confession to God or to a spiritual elder (such as a monk or priest). This confession might include an admission of guilt, a promise or intent not to repeat the offense, an attempt to make restitution for the wrong, or in some way reverse the harmful effects of the wrong where possible.


  1. repent

    Repent means to feel sincere regret or remorse for one's wrongdoing or sin and commit to change one's behavior or actions. It often involves a personal decision to turn away from sin and turn towards righteousness or moral uprightness. This term is commonly used in religious contexts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repentadjective

    prostrate and rooting; -- said of stems

  2. Repentadjective

    same as Reptant

  3. Repentverb

    to feel pain, sorrow, or regret, for what one has done or omitted to do

  4. Repentverb

    to change the mind, or the course of conduct, on account of regret or dissatisfaction

  5. Repentverb

    to be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to love and practice sin

  6. Repentverb

    to feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow

  7. Repentverb

    to feel regret or sorrow; -- used reflexively

  8. Repentverb

    to cause to have sorrow or regret; -- used impersonally

  9. Etymology: [L. repens, -entis, creeping, p. pr. of repere to creep.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Repent

    rē-pent′, v.i. to regret or sorrow for what one has done or left undone: to change from past evil: (theol.) to feel such sorrow for sin as produces newness of life.—v.t. to remember with sorrow—often used impersonally, as 'it repenteth me.'—adj. Repent′able.—n. Repent′ance, sorrow for what has been done or left undone: contrition for sin, producing newness of life.—adj. Repent′ant, repenting or sorry for past conduct: showing sorrow for sin.—n. a penitent.—adv. Repent′antly.—n. Repent′er.—adv. Repent′ingly.—adj. Repent′less. [O. Fr. repentirre-, and O. Fr. pentir—L. pœnitēre, to cause to repent.]

  2. Repent

    rē′pent, adj. (bot.) creeping. [L. repĕre, to creep.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of repent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of repent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of repent in a Sentence

  1. Tomi Lahren:

    She ends her trash column with her best attempt at decency, saying she will maybe possibly give them the blessing of her appreciation if they repent for their audacious and unacceptable support for Donald Trump, lady.

  2. Everett Piper:

    Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a 'safe place,' but rather a place to learn: to learn that life isn't about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that's wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that's wrong with them,

  3. Joseph Smith, Jr.:

    Ever keep in exercise the principle of mercy, and be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance, and asking forgiveness; and should we even forgive our brother, or even our enemy, before he repent or ask forgiveness, our heavenly Father would be equally as merciful unto us.

  4. The Post:

    I will continue work every day to repent for my actions and represent my constituents.

  5. Jim Clyburn:

    So today I denounce the words of Rep. Iowa Rep. Steve King and I do so invoking the words of Martin Luther King Jr, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who if would have been allowed to live, would be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr 90th birthday tomorrow, dr. King counseled that we are going to be made to repent, not just with the hateful words and deeds of bad people but for the appalling silence of good people.'.

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  • David Dsouza
    David Dsouza
    Repent means "Go back to the original state "
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