Where I Discovered It
I found it on page 139 of Anne of Green Gables. It was a chapter, Good Imagination Gone Wrong. She burnt the pie.
- Feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and disposed to atonement and amendment; amendment; contrite.
- a penitent person
- A person who confesses sin and submits to a penance. (Roman Catholic Church)
"Oh, I'm so sorry," said Anne penitently. - p. 139 Anne of Green Gables
"I'm so sorry, I wish, i wish I could take back what I said and did." Priscilla said penitently.
When I first came across the word I had some idea of what it meant because of the context. I didn't remember ever really coming across the word before. I think it is a word that could quite easily be used in writing.
One thing I've noticed is when I say it I forget to include the 'i' and say pentent. It's one of those words that can be glanced over quickly and you mind picks up not quite the right way to sound it.