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Definitions of repent

  1. turn away from sin or do penitence
  2. feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
  3. Same as Reptant.
  4. To feel pain, sorrow, or regret, for what one has done or omitted to do.
  5. To change the mind, or the course of conduct, on account of regret or dissatisfaction.
  6. To be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to love and practice sin.
  7. To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.
  8. Creeping.
  9. Prostrate and rooting; - said of stems.
  10. To feel regret or sorrow; - used reflexively.
  11. To cause to have sorrow or regret; - used impersonally.
  12. To feel pain or sorrow on account of something done or left undone.
  13. To feel regret or sorrow for; as, to repent a crime.
  14. Repenter.
  15. To regret or sorrow for what one has done or left undone: to change from past evil: ( theol.) to feel such sorrow for sin as produces newness of life.
  16. To remember with sorrow.
  17. To feel sorrow for something done.
  18. To sorrow for as sinful; feel sorrow for sin, with desire to amend; regret.
  19. To feel pain, sorrow, or regret for something done or spoken; to sorrow for sin and amend one's ways; to change one's mind and amend one's ways.
  20. In bot., lying flat upon the ground, and emitting roots along the under surface.
  21. To feel sorrow or regret for something done or spoken; to express regret for something past; to change the mind; to remember with sorrow; to feel such sorrow for sin as to produce amendment of life; in Scrip., as applied to God, to will a change in the course of His providence.
  22. Creeping along the ground; ground creepers.
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Quotes of repent

  1. It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those that we intend to commit. – Josh Billings
  2. What is past is past, there is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone. – Robert Bulwer-Lytton
  3. If America is too arrogant, too prideful to repent it's not the kind of country that God wants it to be. – Tony Campolo
  4. Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure. – William Congreve
  5. People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent – Bob Dylan
  6. When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity. – George Eliot
  7. I was being called to surrender the very citadel of my self. I was completely in the dark. I did not really know what repentance was or what I was required to repent of. It was indeed the turning point of my life. – Bede Griffiths
  8. The new fashion is to talk about the most private parts of your life; other fashion is to repent of your excesses and to criticize the drugs that made you happy in the other times. – Mick Jagger
  9. We never repent of having eaten too little. – Thomas Jefferson
  10. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  11. It's bad when you fail morally. It's worse when you don't repent – Luis Palau
  12. I'm always suspicious of people who repent of other people's sins. – Jean-Marie Le Pen
  13. Seek out your bishop. He will show you how to repent and will help you do it. – Richard G. Scott
  14. As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent – Socrates

Usage examples for repent

  1. He who has not spoken at the right time may have to repent it a whole lifetime." – Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlof
  2. While you possess the fruits of your sin you will not truly repent – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss
  3. 57. Do is sometimes used when shall or should is omitted; as, 'if thou do repent – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  4. I wonder if you could ever repent of anything. – The Woman With The Fan by Robert Hichens
  5. " I'd like to see him repent – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. Well, if my wind were but long enough to say my prayers, I would repent – The Man Shakespeare by Frank Harris
  7. They have only to repent and there is more joy in heaven over one sinner that re- penteth than over ninety and nine righteous men. – Theological Essays by Charles Bradlaugh
  8. Well, that occurred to me too- afterwards, when it was too late to do anything but repent – Ideala by Sarah Grand
  9. Woman, dost thou not repent thee? – Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  10. So that you shall not see any but is displeased with his owne calling, and enuieth that of an other: readie neuerthelesse to repent him, if a man should take him at his word. – A Discourse of Life and Death, by Mornay; and Antonius by Garnier by Philippe de Mornay Robert Garnier
  11. What has he to repent of but that he has made a mistake? – A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.) by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
  12. Spicer, this is all true, and have you now nothing to repent of? – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  13. Is there nothing to repent of in that, Spicer? – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  14. He wished to make her repent of this, and to divert himself at her expense. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  15. You'll repent of this for the rest of your life, and you will see too late what mischief you have done. – Pamela Giraud by Honore de Balzac
  16. Do you repent it? – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  17. Now, after the way of women, the deed was no sooner done than Mrs. Geen began to repent it. – The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  18. In spite of the events, I am so certain that the advice was sound and wise, that I do not repent scarcely regret- having followed it. – Border and Bastille by George A. Lawrence
  19. In writing this book I made a great mistake, and repent it. – Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville by Mary Somerville
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