The condition or quality of being penitent; regret for wrongdoing.
Synonyms: penitence, compunction, contrition, remorse, repentance
These nouns denote a feeling of regret for one's sins or misdeeds: showed no penitence; ended the relationship without compunction; pangs of contrition; tears of remorse; sincere repentance.
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