Definition of repent in English:

repent

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one's wrongdoing or sin.

    ‘the Padre urged his listeners to repent’
    ‘he repented of his action’
    • ‘Hermione is not rejected by her husband, who repents when he learns of the oracle and of his son's death as foretold by it.’
    • ‘If he sees, for example, that a wrongdoer has genuinely repented and that no good would come of forcing the miscreant to do jail time, he'll suspend his sentence.’
    • ‘Investors in growing enterprises have repented of their boom-era zeal and incautiousness, and are now subjecting every deal to microscopic scrutiny.’
    • ‘As in the scripture, the innocent Job must repent in order to be saved.’
    • ‘Wonder if Janet will repent for her theft, or get caught further and further in a web of deceit.’
    • ‘He shows excessive regret and wants to repent by embracing death.’
    • ‘Because of all this, Cruise repents and learns that fidelity to a loved one is not so bad after all.’
    • ‘Franzen confesses his sin and repents by giving away his television set.’
    • ‘Then, assured that the company had repented of their evil deeds and intentions, he granted his full, sovereign forgiveness to all.’
    • ‘Titian later altered the background, painting out Dosso's intrusive architectural additions, which were doubtlessly prompted by Alfonso but then repented of.’
    • ‘It seems Faustus hears what the Evil Angel says, but tells himself that even if he were a devil, God will pity him if he repents.’
    • ‘Then I realised that was the wrong spirit in which to do it and repented and only came back to the idea and consented to do it much much later, about three years ago.’
    • ‘There Tondal repents of his misdeeds and returns to the holy candour of a life untroubled by sin (Getty Museum, Los Angeles).’
    • ‘She repents when she meets him, and moves into the place he is staying, near Msimangu's Mission House.’
    • ‘It may include feelings of guilt or profanation, at times engendering a twinge-or surge-of regret, an impulse to repent.’
    • ‘Miss Macleod added that her expiring brother said that he had always repented of his actions.’
    • ‘A partridge, indeed, with a brood of ten behind her, ran forward threateningly, but soon repented of her fierceness, and clucked to her young ones not to be afraid.’
    • ‘People have often repented of the sales they have made, but that had no place in court, he said.’
    • ‘Midas soon repented of his wish because he could not even eat because the bread he tried to put in his mouth became gold.’
    • ‘With the devil given the chance to inhabit a body and repent, the mood is strictly Clerkenwell cabaret.’
    feel remorse for, regret, be sorry for, rue, reproach oneself for, be ashamed of, feel contrite about, wish that one had not done something
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    1. 1.1with object View or think of (an action or omission) with deep regret or remorse.
      ‘Marian came to repent her hasty judgement’
      • ‘Sounds like you're repenting your new habit.’
      • ‘For the love of God, Allah, Yahweh and the winds willing repent your sins!’
      • ‘While acknowledging and repenting my reporting errors, would I still choose it as one of our company's Worst Boards ever?’
      • ‘For this affront, Prometheus was punished terribly by Zeus, yet he never repented his act.’
      • ‘In 1536, Angela Greca repented her life as a courtesan and became a nun in the convent of the convertite.’
      • ‘It seems rather redundant to spend your entire life repenting it just to end up in some place for all eternity.’
      • ‘Maybe they could be shamed into repenting their sexuality.’
      • ‘And repenting them, according to fixed law, is the only way to pass God's test.’
      • ‘It must be noted that the postwar Dutch government, compared with its counterparts in other countries, has done an exemplary job of honestly documenting-and repenting of-its people's wartime collaboration.’
      • ‘The Space Pirates are just too ruthless to get talked into repenting their ways.’
      • ‘Osborne Hamley is bitterly estranged from his father, but when Osborne dies and the secret of his marriage is revealed, Squire Hamley, repenting his harshness, adopts Osborne's baby son.’
      • ‘Judgement tympana warned the congregation to repent their sins, with graphic illustrations of sinners going to hell.’
      • ‘When he has once taken those steps, the wage must rise; even if the workman's share in the profit does not come to him quite as quickly; he has no occasion to repent it.’
      • ‘The only way that can happen is if all of the girls admit and repent their sins.’
      • ‘It is reasonable to assume that Lucrezia Scanatoria had repented her former life of sin before she died.’
      • ‘On several levels Mary is unsympathetic - she doesn't repent her murder, she shuns the affection of her loved ones, and continues to obsess about her lover.’
      • ‘I had repented all my sin and I showed no more inclination for young men.’
      • ‘He repents his ways and gives the impoverished Cratchit a large pay increase, followed by significant donations to charity.’
      • ‘Midas repented his wish, and Bacchus took away the gold touch, but later Midas found himself in trouble again.’
      • ‘Magdalen is not only brought ‘safely through all kinds of actual and positive wrongdoing without fatal or even serious damage’ but also achieves happiness because she avows and does not repent her past life.’
    2. 1.2repent oneselfarchaic Feel regret or penitence about.
      ‘I repent me of all I did’
      • ‘And I stared at them, remembering how I had shivered in bed when I was okay, when I had repented myself.’
      • ‘But it is never enough when we repent ourselves, the only way to be effectively punished is from an outside source.’
      • ‘Then Judas, which had betrayed Him, when he saw that He was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.’
      • ‘As regards the originary genealogy, Robert laments, ‘I may be angry with my first parents for having sinned, but how I shall repent me of their sin, is beyond what I am able to comprehend’.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French repentir, from re- (expressing intensive force) + pentir (based on Latin paenitere ‘cause to repent’).

Pronunciation

repent

/rɪˈpɛnt/