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 : an act of self-abasement, mortification, or devotion performed to show sorrow or repentance for sin
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 : something (as a hardship or penalty) resembling an act of penance (as in compensating for an offense)
Examples of penance in a sentence
He did charitable work as a penance.
Did You Know?
Penance as a form of apology for a mistake can be either voluntary or ordered by someone else. Many religions include penance among the ways in which believers can show repentance or regret for a misdeed. The Christian season of Lent, 40 days long, is traditionally a time for doing penance.
Origin and Etymology of penance
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin poenitentia penitence
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of penance
: to impose penance on
First Known Use of penance
PENANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of penance for Students
: an act showing sorrow or regret for sin
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