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repent

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English

Etymology

There seems to be considerable difference of opinion about the derivation of repent. Most sources trace it back to French repentir, from prefix re-, again + Latin poenitere, related to poena, pain. It seems to be unrelated to French penser, think, which comes from pensare, weigh out.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to repent

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to repent (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To feel pain, sorrow, or regret for what one has done or omitted to do.
  2. (intransitive) To change one's mind, or the course of conduct, on account of regret or dissatisfaction.
  3. (transitive) To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.
  4. (transitive) To cause to have sorrow or regret.

Quotations

to cause to have sorrow or regret
to change one's mind

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Translations

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References

  • "repent" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

repent” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


French

Verb

repent

  1. Third-person singular present indicative of repentir.

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