Originally: repentance for misconduct; recognition of one’s past misdeeds or errors. Later also: the action or fact of coming to one’s senses, or of returning to a more acceptable opinion.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Norton (d. 1584), lawyer and writer. From Middle French resipiscence (French résipiscence) action or fact of coming to one’s senses or of returning to a more acceptable opinion, repentance for misconduct or its etymon post-classical Latin resipiscentia repentance from classical Latin resipīscent-, resipīscēns, present participle of resipīscere to regain consciousness, to become sane again, to recover one’s reason, to come to one’s senses again, to see reason + -ia; compare -ence. Compare Spanish resipiscencia, Italian resipiscenza.
“His resipiscence was instant as he realised his error.”
Secretly allow (something immoral, illegal, or harmful) to occur.
Conspire to do something immoral, illegal, or harmful.
Early 17th century: from French conniver or Latin connivere ‘shut the eyes (to)’, from con- ‘together’ + an unrecorded word related to nictare ‘to wink’.
Blow a current of air through (grain) in order to remove the chaff./ Manually remove chaff from grain.
Remove (people or things) from a group until only the best ones are left./ Find the useful part of something.
Old English windwian, from wind (see wind).