how to pronounce penitent


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the above transcription of penitent is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

penitent is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of penitent in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… selling penitent cones for 200 years and …”

meanings of penitent


  1. One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance.
  2. One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his or her transgressions.
  3. One under the direction of a confessor.


  1. Doing penance.
  2. Feeling pain or sorrow on account of one's sins or offenses; feeling sincere guilt.

penitent frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word penitent occurs in english on average 0.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics penitent can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that penitent can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words that rhyme with penitent


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