To be impenitent is to have no remorse or regrets. Your brother was impenitent when he ate the cupcakes that you had baked for your club fundraiser. Not nice.

The word repent is hiding in impenitent. When you repent, you regret or feel sorry about something you've done. Impenitent and repent share the Latin root penitire meaning "to regret," but add im- meaning "not" for impenitent and you've got the opposite: "to not regret or repent." A criminal who is impenitent about feels no shame about what he's done.

Definitions of impenitent
  1. adjective
    not penitent or remorseful
    synonyms: unremorseful, unrepentant
    used of persons or their behavior; feeling no shame
    unregenerate, unregenerated
    not reformed morally or spiritually
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    penitent, repentant
    feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
    feeling shame or guilt or embarrassment or remorse
    bad, regretful, sorry
    feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
    contrite, remorseful, rueful, ruthful
    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
    penitential, penitentiary
    showing or constituting penance
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  2. adjective
    impervious to moral persuasion
    unregenerate, unregenerated
    not reformed morally or spiritually
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