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Repentine

BEING A MOST SURPRISING AND INSTANTANEOUS WORD, OF UNEXPECTED ORIGIN

adj. — sudden

fm. Latin, repentinus, meaning sudden, and Middle French, repentin, meaning sudden. Notably not from the same root words that give us “repent” (from the Latin/French paenitens, for penitent, meaning to repent), “repentine” is still often associated with religion.

first published. 1487

“The[se] repentine…mischiefs sting before they hiss.”
—Thomas Adams, clergyman, 1633

inspiration. The Oxford English Dictionary

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