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- n. wisdom from experience
- n. repentance
- n. recognition of a past mistake and the desire to improve in the future
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Wisdom derived from severe experience; hence, repentance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Change to a better frame of mind; repentance.
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The medieval legislation, both ecclesiastical and secular, clearly distinguished between the punishment to be inflicted for the crime of apostasy and the means of instruction to be used in order to bring about the resipiscence of the apostate.
In fact the long list of heresiarchs contains the name of only one who came to resipiscence: Berengarius.
Endless stories could be keyed or geared on to different parts of the main legend: there might be a Tristan-saga, a Palomides-saga, a Gawain-saga, episodes of Balin or of Beaumains, incidents of the fate of the damsel of Astolat or the resipiscence of Geraint.
It was the object of the Inquisition that such people should not indeed be spared, but should not perish without a trial and without opportunity of resipiscence, so that they might save their souls if not their lives.