penitentiary

  • 1 penitentiary — pen·i·ten·tia·ry /ˌpe nə ten chə rē/ n pl ries: a state or federal prison for the punishment and reformation of convicted felons compare house of correction, house of detention, jail …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Penitentiary — Pen i*ten tia*ry, a. [Cf. F. p[ e]nitentiaire.] 1. Relating to penance, or to the rules and measures of penance. A penitentiary tax. Abp. Bramhall. [1913 Webster] 2. Expressive of penitence; as, a penitentiary letter. [1913 Webster] 3. Used for… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 penitentiary — [pen΄i ten′shə rē] adj. [ML penitentiarius, poenitentiarius (form and meaning infl. by assoc. with L poena: see PENAL) < L paenitentia < paenitens,PENITENT] 1. of or for penance 2. used in punishing, disciplining, and reforming 3. making… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Penitentiary — may refer to: * Apostolic Penitentiary, a tribunal of mercy, responsible for issues relating to the forgiveness of sins in the Roman Catholic Church * Prison or penitentiary, a correctional facility …

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  • 5 Penitentiary — Pen i*ten tia*ry, n.; pl. {Penitentiaries}. [Cf. F. p[ e]nitencier. See {Penitent}.] 1. One who prescribes the rules and measures of penance. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. One who does penance. [Obs.] Hammond. [1913 Webster] 3. A small building …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Penitentiary — (engl., spr. ténnschĕri), Bußanstalt, Gefängnis …

    Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • 7 Penitentiary 2 — Penitentiary 2 : le défit du tigre est un film américain sorti en 1982. Distribution Leon Isaac Kennedy : Too Sweet Gerald Berns : Serenghetti Peggy Blow : Roscoe Mister T. : Lui même Portail du cinéma américain …

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  • 8 penitentiary — early 15c., place of punishment for offenses against the church, from M.L. penitentiaria, from fem. of penitentiarius (adj.) of penance, from L. paenitentia penitence (see PENITENCE (Cf. penitence)). Meaning house of correction first found 1806… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 penitentiary — [n] jail big house*, campus, can*, college, cooler*, correctional institution, inside*, joint*, lockup*, pen*, penal institution, prison, reformatory, slammer*, stockade; concepts 439,449,516 …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 penitentiary — ► NOUN (pl. penitentiaries) 1) (in North America) a prison for people convicted of serious crimes. 2) (in the Roman Catholic Church) a priest appointed to administer penance …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 penitentiary — UK [ˌpenɪˈtenʃərɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms penitentiary : singular penitentiary plural penitentiaries a prison for people who have committed serious crimes a state/federal penitentiary …

    English dictionary

  • 12 penitentiary — /pen i ten sheuh ree/, n., pl. penitentiaries, adj. n. 1. a place for imprisonment, reformatory discipline, or punishment, esp. a prison maintained in the U.S. by a state or the federal government for serious offenders. 2. Rom. Cath. Ch. a… …

    Universalium

  • 13 penitentiary — /pɛnəˈtɛnʃəri / (say penuh tenshuhree) noun (plural penitentiaries) 1. Roman Catholic Church a. a cleric appointed by a bishop to administer the sacrament of penance in cases of a kind which would normally be dealt with by the bishop or by the… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 penitentiary — n. & adj. n. (pl. ies) 1 US a reformatory prison. 2 an office in the papal court deciding questions of penance, dispensations, etc. adj. 1 of or concerning penance. 2 of or concerning reformatory treatment. 3 US (of an offence) making a culprit… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 penitentiary — I. noun (plural ries) Etymology: Middle English penitenciary, from Medieval Latin poenitentiarius, from poenitentia Date: 15th century 1. a. an officer in some Roman Catholic dioceses vested with power from the bishop to deal with cases of a… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 penitentiary — Synonyms and related words: Grand Penitentiary, Holy Father, POW camp, abuna, antipope, archbishop, archdeacon, archpriest, bail, bastille, bishop, bishop coadjutor, black hole, borstal, borstal institution, bridewell, brig, can, canon, cardinal …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 penitentiary — pen|i|ten|tia|ry [ˌpenıˈtenʃəri] n plural penitentiaries AmE a prison used especially in the names of prisons ▪ the North Carolina state penitentiary …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 penitentiary — pen|i|ten|tia|ry [ ,penı tenʃəri ] noun count AMERICAN a prison for people who have committed serious crimes: a state/federal penitentiary …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 penitentiary — [[t]pe̱nɪte̱nʃəri[/t]] penitentiaries N COUNT A penitentiary is a prison. [AM, FORMAL] Syn: jail …

    English dictionary

  • 20 penitentiary — noun (C) a prison, especially in the US: the North Carolina state penitentiary …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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