When people are repentant, they’re feeling or showing remorse. They're sorry and ashamed of something. If you take the last cookie and then lie about it, you’re probably going to feel repentant later, if you have a heart.

If you’re feeling repentant, you’re ready to apologize because you know you did something wrong. It could be that you kissed your best friend’s sweetheart, or you broke some kind of religious rule that’s making you feel guilty. Either way, the best way to get over feeling repentant is to repent, or acknowledge what you’ve done and promise not to do it any more.

Definitions of repentant

adj 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
impenitent, unremorseful, unrepentant
not penitent or remorseful
used of persons or their behavior; feeling no shame
unregenerate, unregenerated
not reformed morally or spiritually
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