Sculpture of the penitent Mary Magdalene by Gregor Erhart († 1540).
Penitent girl, painting by Pietro Rotari (1707–1762).

A penitent (noun) is a person who is ready to repent, to do penance or to accept punishment. The term is used in religious (especially Catholic) contexts, but also in secular ones.

As an adjective, penitent means remorseful, repentant, or rueful.

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