Synonyms of penitent
repentantDictionary • a penitent sinner
repentant • a repentant criminal
sorry • She was very sorry about all the trouble she'd caused.
apologetic • The hospital staff were very apologetic about the mistake.
rueful • He shook his head and gave me a rueful smile.
contrite • He was so contrite that he wrote me a letter of apology.
sorrowful • His father's face looked suddenly soft and sorrowful.
remorseful • He was genuinely remorseful.
regretful • He gave a regretful smile.
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apologeticIf you are apologetic, you show or say that you are sorry for causing trouble for someone, for hurting them, or for disappointing them.
• The hospital staff were very apologetic about the mistake.
conscience-strickenfeeling anxious or guilty
contriteIf you are contrite, you are very sorry because you have done something wrong.
• He was so contrite that he wrote me a letter of apology.
Thesaurus for penitent from the Collins English Thesaurus