Definition of penitently in US English:

penitently

adverb

  • See penitent

    • ‘This only happens when we come penitently to embrace Jesus Christ as our only hope.’
    • ‘It took him only a few seconds to strangle his mirth once more, and he wiped tears from his eyes while he shook his head as penitently as the low ceiling allowed.’
    • ‘‘I must change my vote,’ he announced, penitently.’
    • ‘Keeping her head penitently bowed, Allie murmured silent good byes to all she could remember in the heat, while tears dared to brink her dark lashes.’
    • ‘The mother, usually veiled, carried the candle blessed at Candlemas and waited penitently for the priest at the vestibule of the church with her husband and female companions.’

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