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penance

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noun pen·ance \ˈpe-nən(t)s\

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 in a sentence

  1. 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

Other Christian Religious Terms


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penance

verb pen·ance

Definition of penance

penanced

penancing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to impose penance on

Circa 1600

First Known Use of penance

circa 1600

Other Christian Religious Terms


PENANCE Defined for English Language Learners

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penance

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noun pen·ance \ˈpe-nən(t)s\

Definition of penance for English Language Learners

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


PENANCE Defined for Kids

penance

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noun pen·ance \ˈpe-nəns\

Definition of penance for Students

  1. :  an act showing sorrow or regret for sin



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