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RE'PENT, a. [L. repo, to creep.] Creeping; as a repent root.




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RE'PENT, a. [L. repo, to creep.] Creeping; as a repent root.


RE'PENT, a. [L. repo, to creep.]

Creeping; as, a repent root.


RE-PENT', v.i. [Fr. repentir; It. pentire, pentirsi; Sp. arrepentirse; L. re and pœniteo, from pœna, pain, Gr. ποινη. See Pain.]

  1. To feel pain, sorrow or regret for something done or spoken; as, to repent that we have lost much time in idleness or sensual pleasure; to repent that we have injured or wounded the feelings of a friend. A person repents only of what he himself has done or said.
  2. To express sorrow for something past. Enobarbus did before thy face repent. – Shak.
  3. To change the mind in consequence of the inconvenience or injury done by past conduct. Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return. – Exod. xiii.
  4. Applied to the Supreme Being, to change the course of providential dealings. – Gen. vi. Ps. cvi.
  5. In theology, to sorrow or be pained for sin, as a violation of God's holy law, a dishonor to his character and government, and the foulest ingratitude to a Being of infinite benevolence. Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. – Luke xiii. Acts iii.

RE-PENT', v.t.

  1. To remember with sorrow; as, to repent rash words; to repent an injury done to a neighbor; to repent follies and vices. [See Repentance.]
  2. With the reciprocal pronoun. [Fr. se repentir.] No man repented him of his wickedness. – Jer. viii. [This form of expression is now obsolete.]

Re"pent
  1. Prostrate and rooting; -- said of stems.

    Gray.
  2. 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.

  3. To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.

    I do repent it from my very soul. Shak.

  4. Same as Reptant.
  5. 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. 17.

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

    My father has repented him ere now. Dryden.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.
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Repent

RE'PENT, adjective [Latin repo, to creep.] Creeping; as a repent root.

REPENT', verb intransitive [Latin re and paeniteo, from paena, pain. Gr. See Pain.]

1. To feel pain, sorrow or regret for something done or spoken; as, to repent that we have lost much time in idleness or sensual pleasure; to repent that we have injured or wounded the feelings of a friend. A person repents only of what he himself has done or said.

2. To express sorrow for something past.

Enobarbus did before thy face repent

3. To change the mind in consequence of the inconvenience or injury done by past conduct.

Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return. Exodus 13:17.

4. Applied to the Supreme Being, to change the course of providential dealings. Genesis 6:7. Psalms 106:45.

5. In theology, to sorrow or be pained for sin, as a violation of God's holy law, a dishonor to his character and government, and the foulest ingratitude to a Being of infinite benevolence.

Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:3. Acts 3:19.

REPENT', verb intransitive

1. To remember with sorrow; as, to repent rash words; to repent an injury done to a neighbor; to repent follies and vices. [See Repentance.]

2. With the reciprocal pronoun.

No man repented him of his wickedness. Jeremiah 8:6.

[This form of expression is now obsolete.]

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