penance


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 done
penance for:

He believed the death of his child was penance for his sins.

do penance:

He did penance for the wrongs he had committed.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Penance — is repentance of sins as well as the proper name of the Catholic and Orthodox Christian Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation/Confession. The word penance derives from Old French and Latin poenitentia , both of which derive from the same root… …   Wikipedia

  • Penance — Pen ance, n. [OF. penance, peneance, L. paenitentia repentance. See {Penitence}.] 1. Repentance. [Obs.] Wyclif (Luke xv. 7). [1913 Webster] 2. Pain; sorrow; suffering. [Obs.] Joy or penance he feeleth none. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. (Eccl.) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • penance — [pen′əns] n. [ME < OFr peneance < L paenitentia, poenitentia < paenitens: see PENITENT] 1. R.C.Ch. Eastern Orthodox Ch. a) a sacrament involving the confession of sin, repentance, and acceptance of the satisfaction imposed, followed by… …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • Penance — Pays d’origine États Unis Genre musical Doom Metal Années d activité 1990 2004 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • 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

  • penance — index cost (penalty), discipline (punishment), penalty, punishment Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • penance — [n] reparation for wrong absolution, atonement, attrition, compensation, compunction, confession, contrition, expiation, forgiveness, hair shirt*, mortification, penalty, penitence, punishment, purgation, remorse, remorsefulness, repentance,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • penance — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ public VERB + PENANCE ▪ do, pay ▪ Has anyone ever paid a higher penance for telling a lie? PREPOSITION ▪ …   Collocations dictionary


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