Definitions of penitential

  1. A book formerly used by priests hearing confessions, containing rules for the imposition of penances; - called also penitential book.
  2. A book of rules relating to penance.
  3. A Rom. Cath. book containing rules for penitents.
  4. Of or pertaining to penitence, or to penance; expressing penitence; of the nature of penance; as, the penitential book; penitential tears.
  5. Pertaining to, or expressing, sorrow for sins; of the nature of penance or punishment.
  6. Pertaining to or expressive of penitence.
  7. Pertaining to, or expressing, penitence.
  8. Pertaining to penitence, penance, or punishment.
  9. Expressing penitence.
  10. Expressing penitence, or proceeding from it.