Definitions for: Repent

[v] feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
[v] turn away from sin or do penitence

Webster (1913) Definition: Re"pent (r?"p?nt), a. [L. repens, -entis, creeping, p.
pr. of repere to creep.]
1. (Bot.) Prostrate and rooting; -- said of stems. --Gray.

2. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Reptant.

Re*pent" (r?-p?nt"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Repented; p.
pr. & vb. n. Repenting.] [F. se repentir; L. pref. re- re-
+ poenitere to make repent, poenitet me it repents me, I
repent. See Penitent.]
1. To feel pain, sorrow, or regret, for what one has done or
omitted to do.

First she relents With pity; of that pity then
repents. --Dryden.

2. To change the mind, or the course of conduct, on account
of regret or dissatisfaction.

Lest, peradventure, the people repent when they see
war, and they return to Egypt. --Ex. xiii.

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

Except ye repent, ye shall likewise perish. --Luke
xii. 3.

Re*pent", v. t.
1. To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.

I do repent it from my very soul. --Shak.

2. To feel regret or sorrow; -- used reflexively.

My father has repented him ere now. --Dryden.

3. To cause to have sorrow or regret; -- used impersonally.
[Archaic] ``And it repented the Lord that he had made man
on the earth.'' --Gen. vi. 6.

Synonyms: atone, regret, rue

See Also: experience, feel

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