penance
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin poenitentia penitence Date: 14th century 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) II. transitive verb (penanced; penancing) Date: circa 1600 to impose penance on

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  • Penance — Pen ance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Penanced}.] To impose penance; to punish. Some penanced lady elf. Keats. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • penance — late 13c., religious discipline or self mortification as a token of repentance and as atonement for some sin, from Anglo Fr. penaunce, O.Fr. penance, from L. pænitentia (see PENITENCE (Cf. penitence)). Transf. sense is recorded from c.1300 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • penance — ► NOUN 1) voluntary self punishment expressing repentance for wrongdoing. 2) a sacrament in which a member of the Church confesses sins to a priest and is given absolution. 3) a religious duty imposed as part of this sacrament. ORIGIN Old French …   English terms dictionary

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  • penance — UK [ˈpenəns] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms penance : singular penance plural penances punishment or suffering that you accept, especially because of your religious beliefs, to show that you are sorry for something bad that you have …   English dictionary

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