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Meaning of PENITENTIAL

Pronunciation:  `peni'tenshul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  showing or constituting penance; "penitential tears"; "wrote a penitential letter apologizing for her hasty words"
  2. [adj]  of or relating to penitence or penance; "the Day of Atonement is the great penitential day of the Hebrew calendar"
 

PENITENTIAL is a 11 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: penitent, repentant
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Pen`i*ten"tial\, a. [Cf. F. p['e]nitentiel.]
    Of or pertaining to penitence, or to penance; expressing
    penitence; of the nature of penance; as, the penitential
    book; penitential tears. ``Penitential stripes.'' --Cowper.
    
          Guilt that all the penitential fires of hereafter can
          not cleanse.                             --Sir W.
                                                   Scott.
    
    
  2. \Pen`i*ten"tial\, n. (R. C. Ch.)
    A book formerly used by priests hearing confessions,
    containing rules for the imposition of penances; -- called
    also {penitential book}.
    
    
 
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