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(n.) One under the direction of a confessor.
(n.) One under church censure, but admitted to penance; one undergoing penance.
(a.) Feeling pain or sorrow on account of sins or offenses; repentant; contrite; sincerely affected by a sense of guilt, and resolved on amendment of life.
(a.) Doing penance.
(n.) One who repents of sin; one sorrowful on account of his transgressions.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Penitent'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/p/penitent.html. 1828.