Repent vs. Relent

Repent vs. Relent — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Repent and Relent

Repentverb

To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; be contrite

"[He] liked to visit prisoners and admonish them to repent of their ways" (Adam Hochschild).

Relentverb

To become more lenient, compassionate, or forgiving.

Repentverb

To feel such regret for past conduct as to change one's mind regarding it

repented of intemperate behavior. You'd better accept their offer before they repent.

Relentverb

To become less severe or intense; slacken

The storm finally relented.

Repentverb

To become a more moral or religious person as a result of remorse or contrition for one's sins.

Relentnoun

Stay; stop; delay.

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Repentverb

To feel regret or self-reproach for

repent one's sins.

Relentnoun

(obsolete) A relenting.

Repentverb

(Archaic) To cause (one or oneself) to feel remorse or regret

"And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth" (King James Bible).

Relentverb

(intransitive) To become less severe or intense; to become less hard, harsh, or cruel; to soften in temper

He had planned to ground his son for a month, but relented and decided to give him a stern lecture instead.

Repentadjective

Prostrate or growing along the ground.

Relentverb

(intransitive) To slacken; to abate.

We waited for the storm to relent before we ventured outside.He will not relent in his effort to reclaim his victory.
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Repentverb

(intransitive) To feel pain, sorrow, or regret for what one has done or omitted to do; the cause for repenting may be indicated with "of".

Relentverb

To lessen, make less severe or intense.

Repentverb

To be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to practice sin and to love.

"... Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, {15} And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." (Mark 1:14-15)"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. {39} For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. {40} And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation." (Acts 2:38-40)If you're a true Muslim, you should repent to Allah.

Relentverb

To become less rigid or hard; to soften; to yield, for example by dissolving or melting

Repentverb

(transitive) To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.

Relentadjective

(obsolete) softhearted; yielding

Repentverb

(transitive) To be sorry for, to regret.

"Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!  {2} It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.  {3} ¶ Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. {4} And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him." (Luke 17:1-4)I repent my sins.

Relentverb

give in, as to influence or pressure

Repentverb

To cause to have sorrow or regret.

Repentverb

To cause (oneself) to feel pain or regret.

Repentadjective

Creeping along the ground.

Repentverb

turn away from sin or do penitence

Repentverb

feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about