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penance

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noun pen·ance \ˈpe-nən(t)s\

Simple Definition of penance

  • : something that you do or are given to do in order to show that you are sad or sorry about doing something wrong

Full Definition of penance

  1. 1 :  an act of self-abasement, mortification, or devotion performed to show sorrow or repentance for sin

  2. 2 :  a sacramental rite that is practiced in Roman, Eastern, and some Anglican churches and that consists of private confession, absolution, and a penance directed by the confessor

  3. 3 :  something (as a hardship or penalty) resembling an act of penance (as in compensating for an offense)

Examples of penance

  1. He did charitable work as a penance.



Origin of penance

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin poenitentia penitence


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


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penance

verb pen·ance

Definition of penance

pen·ancedpen·anc·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to impose penance on



Circa 1600

First Known Use of penance

circa 1600

Other Christian Religious Terms


PENANCE Defined for Kids

penance

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noun pen·ance \ˈpe-nəns\

Definition of penance

  1. :  an act showing sorrow or regret for sin





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