Repentance synonyms

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A source or cause of sorrow; a misfortune:
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Moral anguish arising from repentance for past misdeeds; bitter regret.
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Sorrow over a person or thing gone, lost, etc.
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The state of being penitent; repentance
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Remorse for having done wrong
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A sharp feeling of uneasiness brought on by a sense of guilt; remorse
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The state of being contrite.
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Loss of personnel in an organization in the normal course of events, as by retirement
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Self-punishment in order to atone for some real or imagined wrongdoing.
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The act or an instance of charging oneself with a fault or mistake.
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A sacrament in some Christian churches that includes contrition, confession to a priest, acceptance of punishment, and absolution.
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Showing or resulting from contrition
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Feeling or expressing remorse for one's misdeeds or sins; contrite.
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(Of a person) Feeling or filled with remorse.
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Characterized by or indicative of repentance
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The act of absolving or the state of being absolved.
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Something given or done to make up for injury, loss, etc. that one has caused
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Amends or reparation made for an injury or wrong; expiation.
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A means of expiating.
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A cause of any of these
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Responsibility for a mistake or error.
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Deliverance upon payment of ransom; rescue.
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The act of redressing; rectification or reformation.
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The act of restoring to the rightful owner something that has been taken away, lost, or surrendered.
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Pity; compassion
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Obsolete form of penitence.
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The quality of being remorseful.
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(Archaic) Sorrow, repentance, or regret
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Synonym Study

  • Regret may refer to sorrow over any unfortunate occurrence as well as over a fault or act of one's own
  • Remorse implies a deep and torturing sense of guilt
  • Compunction implies a pricking of the conscience and therefore suggests a sharp but passing feeling of uneasiness about wrongdoing
  • Contrition implies a deep, humble sorrow for one's sins, with a true purpose of amendment
  • Penitence implies sorrow over having sinned or done wrong
  • Repentance implies full realization of one's sins or wrongs and a will to change one's ways
Find another word for repentance. In this page you can discover 36 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for repentance, like: sorrow, remorse, regret, penitence, contrition, compunction, contriteness, attrition, self-denunciation, self-abasement and self-reproach.