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Definitions of penance

  1. To impose penance; to punish. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Repentance. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Pain; sorrow; suffering. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A means of repairing a sin committed, and obtaining pardon for it, consisting partly in the performance of expiatory rites, partly in voluntary submission to a punishment corresponding to the transgression. Penance is the fourth of seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Self-imposed suffering; an act showing sorrow for wrongdoing; an act of atonement. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. In the R. C. Church, the punishment borne by a penitent. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Self-inflicted punishment for sin. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Suffering voluntarily undertaken as an act of atonement. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. The suffering to which a person voluntarily subjects himself as an expression of penitence. See Penitent. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for penance

  1. But Reid never would remain to finish his three years of penance there. – The Flockmaster of Poison Creek by George W. Ogden
  2. They were also used as a means of penance the penitent frequently being directed to go the whole course of the maze on hands and knees. – Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney
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