Penitente

noun Pen·i·ten·te \ ˌpenəˈtentā , -tē \

Definition of Penitente

plural Penitentes \-ās, -ēz\
:a member of a religious society of Flagellants in Spanish-American communities of the southwestern U.S. (as New Mexico) who practice self-whipping and other forms of penitential torture particularly during Holy Week

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Origin and Etymology of penitente

American Spanish, literally, penitent, singular of Penitentes Penitents, short for Los Hermanos Penitentes The Penitent Brothers, religious society that originated in Mexico


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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of Penitente


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