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  1. Doing or uttering again.
  2. That strikes the number of hours; as, a repeating watch.

REP-E-DA'TION, n. [Low L. repedo; re and pes, the foot.]

A steeping or going back. [Not in use.]

RE-PEL', v.i.

  1. To act with force in opposition to force impressed. Electricity sometimes attracts and sometimes repels.
  2. In medicine, to check an afflux to a part of the body.

RE-PEL', v.t. [L. repello; re and pello, to drive.]

  1. To drive back; to force to return; to check advance; as, to repel an enemy or an assailant. Hippomedon repell'd the hostile tide. – Pope. And virtue may repel, though not invade. – Dryden.
  2. To resist; to oppose; as, to repel an argument.


Driven back; resisted.


  1. The principle of repulsion; the quality of a substance which expands or separates particles and enlarges the volume; as, the repellency of heat. – Black.
  2. The quality that repels, drives back or resists approach; as, the repellency of the electric fluid.
  3. Repulsive quality. – Forster.


Driving back; able or tending to repel.


In medicine, a medicine which drives back morbid humors into the mass of the blood, from which they were unduly secreted; or which prevents such an afflux of fluid to a part, as would raise it to a tumor; a discutient. – Encyc. Quincy. Parr.


He or that which repels.


Driving back; resisting advance or approach effectually.

RE'PENT, a. [L. repo, to creep.]

Creeping; as, a repent root.

RE-PENT', v.i. [Fr. repentir; It. pentire, pentirsi; Sp. arrepentirse; L. re and pœniteo, from pœna, pain, Gr. ποινη. See Pain.]

  1. To feel pain, sorrow or regret for something done or spoken; as, to repent that we have lost much time in idleness or sensual pleasure; to repent that we have injured or wounded the feelings of a friend. A person repents only of what he himself has done or said.
  2. To express sorrow for something past. Enobarbus did before thy face repent. – Shak.
  3. To change the mind in consequence of the inconvenience or injury done by past conduct. Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return. – Exod. xiii.
  4. Applied to the Supreme Being, to change the course of providential dealings. – Gen. vi. Ps. cvi.
  5. In theology, to sorrow or be pained for sin, as a violation of God's holy law, a dishonor to his character and government, and the foulest ingratitude to a Being of infinite benevolence. Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. – Luke xiii. Acts iii.

RE-PENT', v.t.

  1. To remember with sorrow; as, to repent rash words; to repent an injury done to a neighbor; to repent follies and vices. [See Repentance.]
  2. With the reciprocal pronoun. [Fr. se repentir.] No man repented him of his wickedness. – Jer. viii. [This form of expression is now obsolete.]

RE-PENT'ANCE, n. [Fr.]

  1. Sorrow for any thing done or said; the pain or grief which a person experiences in consequence of the injury or inconvenience produced by his own conduct. “Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice, from the conviction that it has offended God. Sorrow, fear and anxiety are properly not parts, but adjuncts of repentance; yet they are too closely connected with it to be easily separated.” – Rambler.
  2. In theology, the pain, regret or affliction which a person feels on account of his past conduct, because it exposes him to punishment. This sorrow proceeding merely from the fear of punishment, is called legal repentance, as being excited by the terrors of legal penalties, and it may exist without an amendment of life.
  3. Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God, a violation of his holy law, and the basest ingratitude toward a Being of infinite benevolence. This is called evangelical repentance, and is accompanied and followed by amendment of life. Repentance is a change of mind, or a conversion from sin to God. – Hammond. Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation. – 2 Cor. vii. Matth. iii.

RE-PENT'ANT, a. [Fr.]

  1. Sorrowful for past conduct or words.
  2. Sorrowful for sin. – Milton.
  3. Expressing or showing sorrow for sin; as, repentant tears; repentant ashes; repentant sighs. – Shak. Pope.


  1. One who repents; a penitent.
  2. One that expresses sorrow for sin. – Lightfoot.


In a repentant manner.


Remembered with sorrow.


One that repents.


Act of repenting. – Hos. xi.


Grieving for what is past; feeling pain or contrition for sin.


With repentance.

RE-PEO-PLE, v.t. [re and people; Fr. repeupler.]

To people anew; to furnish again with a stock of people. The world after the flood was repeopled by the descendants of one family.


Stocked anew with inhabitants.

RE-PEO-PLING, n. [supra.]

The act of furnishing again with inhabitants. – Hale.