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Synonyms for repentance
rɪˈpɛn tns, -ˈpɛn tənsre·pen·tance

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  1. repentancenoun

    contrition, penitence, compunction, remorse

  2. repentancenoun

    The condition of being penitent

    remorse, penitence, compunction, contrition

  3. repentancenoun

    A feeling of regret or remorse for doing wrong or sinning

    penitence, compunction, contrition, remorse

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. repentance

    Regret is sorrow for any painful or annoying matter. One is moved with penitence for wrong-doing. To speak of regret for a fault of our own marks it as slighter than one regarding which we should express penitence. Repentance is sorrow for sin with self-condemnation, and complete turning from the sin. Penitence is transient, and may involve no change of character or conduct. There may be sorrow without repentance, as for consequences only, but not repentance without sorrow. Compunction is a momentary sting of conscience, in view either of a past or of a contemplated act. Contrition is a subduing sorrow for sin, as against the divine holiness and love. Remorse is, as its derivation indicates, a biting or gnawing back of guilt upon the heart, with no turning of heart from the sin, and no suggestion of divine forgiveness.

    compunction, contriteness, contrition, penitence, regret, remorse, self-condemnation, sorrow

    approval, comfort, complacency, content, hardness, impenitence, obduracy, obstinacy, self-approval, self-complacency, self-congratulation, stubbornness

    Repentance of or in heart, or from the heart; repentance for sins; before or toward God; unto life.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. repentance

    penitence, contrition, compunction, regret, remorse, borrow, self-reproach, selfcondemnation

    impenitence, obduracy, recusancy, hardness, reparation, selfapproval

Princeton's WordNet

  1. repentance, penitence, penancenoun

    remorse for your past conduct

    penance, penitence, self-abasement, self-mortification

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. repentancenoun

    penitence, contrition, compunction, remorse, regret, self-reproach, self-reproof, self-accusation, self-condemnation, stings of conscience

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. repentancenoun

    penitence, contrition, compunction, remorse


PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "repentance":

    contrition, remorse

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How to use repentance in a sentence?

  1. Dean Keak Tegn:

    Repentance is the grace that Yahweh has granted first to His people otherwise punishment will follow.

  2. The Talmud:

    He who carries out one good deed acquires one advocate in his own behalf, and he who commits one transgression acquires one accuser against himself. Repentance and good works are like a shield against calamity.

  3. Shinzo Abe:

    History is harsh. What is done cannot be undone, with deep repentance in my heart, I stood there in silent prayers for some time.

  4. Sophie Swetchine:

    Repentance is accepted remorse.

  5. Howard W. Hunter, Speech given in October 1994:

    The path of repentance, though hard at times, lifts one ever upwards and leads to a perfect forgiveness.

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