Entry: penitent (adv. here)
In context: "Tony Nwangi is saying something acerbic to Hal, who looks like he's kneeling penitent before Ingersoll, everyone at the surrounding tables inclined very subtly away from Hal."
Definition: That repents with sincere desire to amend the sin or wrongdoing; repentant, contrite.
Expressive of repentance.
SNOOT score: 1
Source: Oxford English Dictionary