Penitency Pen"i*ten*cy, n. Penitence. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

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  • penitency — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A feeling of regret for one s sins or misdeeds: compunction, contriteness, contrition, penitence, remorse, remorsefulness, repentance, rue. Theology: attrition. See REGRET …   English dictionary for students

  • penitency — pen·i·ten·cy …   English syllables

  • penitency — nsē noun ( es) Etymology: Middle English penitencie, from Medieval Latin poenitentia : penitence 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Priest-penitent privilege in England from the Reformation to the nineteenth century — The doctrine of priest penitent privilege does not apply in the UK. Before the Reformation, England was a Roman Catholic country and the Seal of the Confessional had great authority in the English courts. However, the Reformation was followed by… …   Wikipedia

  • The Seal of Confession —     The Law of the Seal of Confession     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Law of the Seal of Confession     In the Decretum of the Gratian who compiled the edicts of previous councils and the principles of Church law which he published about 1151,… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • attrition — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. abrasion (See deterioration, friction). II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. wearing down, wearing away, friction, rubbing, abrasion, weakening, grinding down, erosion, depreciation, gradual disintegration,… …   English dictionary for students

  • compunction — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. regret, remorse; scruple, twinge. See penitence, doubt. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A sense of guilt or remorse] Syn. remorse, contrition, shame; see regret 1 , repentance , shame 2 . 2. [A twinge of… …   English dictionary for students

  • remorse — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. self reproach, regret, compunction, contrition, penitence. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. compunction, contrition, self reproach, guilt; see regret 1 , repentance , shame 2 . See Synonym Study at repentance …   English dictionary for students

  • contrition — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. penitence, remorse, sorrow; see penance 1 , 2 , regret 1 , repentance . See Synonym Study at repentance . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. remorse, repentance, regret, guilt, sorrow, compunction, shame, penitence, self… …   English dictionary for students

  • repentance — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. sorrow, remorse, regret, penitence, contrition, compunction, contriteness, attrition, self denunciation, self abasement, self reproach, self condemnation, self humiliation, penance, prick of conscience. Ant. complacency,… …   English dictionary for students

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