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1penance

noun pen·ance \ˈpe-nən(t)s\

: 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

  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

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

2penance

verb
pen·ancedpen·anc·ing

Definition of PENANCE

transitive verb
:  to impose penance on

First Known Use of PENANCE

circa 1600

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary
PENANCED Defined for Kids

penance

noun pen·ance \ˈpe-nəns\

Definition of PENANCE for Kids

:  an act showing sorrow or regret for sin

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