If you're unrepentant about something, you refuse to regret it or apologize for it. An unrepentant cheater might brazenly lean over to get a better look at his friend's chemistry test.

If you're repentant about something you've done or said, you feel terrible about it, and you express shame and remorse. If, on the other hand, you're unrepentant, you're not at all sorry. An unrepentant gossip doesn't feel guilty about spreading rumors. The word comes from the Vulgar Latin penitire, "to regret."

Definitions of unrepentant
  1. adjective
    not penitent or remorseful
    synonyms: impenitent, unremorseful
    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
    stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
    synonyms: cussed, obdurate, obstinate
    unregenerate, unregenerated
    not reformed morally or spiritually
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