Pen`i*ten"tial (?), a. [Cf. F. p'enitentiel.]

Of or pertaining to penitence, or to penance; expressing penitence; of the nature of penance; as, the penitential book; penitential tears.

"Penitential stripes."


Guilt that all the penitential fires of hereafter can not cleanse. Sir W. Scott.


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Pen`i*ten"tial, n. R. C. Ch.

A book formerly used by priests hearing confessions, containing rules for the imposition of penances; -- called also penitential book.


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