penitential definition

  • adjective:
    • Of, regarding, or revealing penitence.
    • Of or regarding penance.
    • regarding penance or penitence
    • Of or related to penitence, or to penance; revealing penitence; associated with nature of penance
    • showing or constituting penance
  • noun:
    • A book or group of church guidelines regarding the sacrament of penance.
    • A penitent.
    • a book or set of rules with respect to the Christian sacrament of penance
    • A book formerly employed by priests hearing confessions, containing rules the imposition of penances; -- labeled as also penitential guide.
    • In the Rom. Cath. and Gr. Ch., a book or signal of canons concerning penance while the reconciliation of penitents.
    • a person who has withstood penitential control.
  • others:
    • Of, regarding, proceeding from, or revealing penitence or contrition of heart: because, penitential sorrow; penitential psalms.
    • Eccles., with respect to the management of the sacrament of penance; ergo, of the nature of penance or discipline.

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