Associations to the word «Penance»

Wiktionary

PENANCE, noun. A voluntary self-imposed punishment for a sinful act or wrongdoing. It may be intended to serve as reparation for the act.
PENANCE, noun. A sacrament in some Christian churches.
PENANCE, noun. (obsolete) repentance
PENANCE, noun. (obsolete) pain; sorrow; suffering
PENANCE, verb. To impose penance; to punish.

Dictionary definition

PENANCE, noun. Remorse for your past conduct.
PENANCE, noun. A Catholic sacrament; repentance and confession and atonement and absolution.
PENANCE, noun. Voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing.

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