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Meaning of PENANCE

Pronunciation:  'penuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a Catholic sacrament; repentance and confession and satisfaction and absolution
  2. [n]  voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
  3. [n]  remorse for your past conduct

PENANCE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: penitence, repentance, self-abasement, self-mortification
 See Also: absolution, compunction, confession, penalisation, penalization, penalty, punishment, remission, remission of sin, remittal, remorse, sacrament, self-reproach



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pen"ance\, n. [OF. penance, peneance, L. paenitentia
    repentance. See {Penitence}.]
    1. Repentance. [Obs.] --Wyclif (Luke xv. 7).
    2. Pain; sorrow; suffering. [Obs.] ``Joy or penance he
       feeleth none.'' --Chaucer.
    3. (Eccl.) 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. --Schaff-Herzog Encyc.
             And bitter penance, with an iron whip. --Spenser.
             Quoth he, ``The man hath penance done, And penance
             more will do.''                       --Coleridge.
  2. \Pen"ance\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Penanced}.]
    To impose penance; to punish. ``Some penanced lady elf.''
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