A priest entering a confessional so that he can advise sinners of their penance.
- An example of penance is when you publicly try to make up for your misdeeds.
- An example of penance is when you confess to a priest and are forgiven.
- An example of penance is when you say ten Hail Marys to earn forgiveness.
- a sacrament involving the confession of sin, repentance, and acceptance of the satisfaction imposed, followed by absolution by a priest
- the satisfaction imposed, as the recital of certain prayers
- any act of reparation, self-punishment, etc. done in repentance for a sin or wrongdoing
Origin of penanceMiddle English from Old French peneance from Classical Latin paenitentia, poenitentia from paenitens: see penitent
transitive verb-·anced, -·anc·ing
- An act of self-mortification or devotion performed voluntarily to show sorrow for a sin or other wrongdoing.
- Penance A sacrament in some Christian churches that includes contrition, confession to a priest, acceptance of punishment, and absolution. Also called reconciliation .
transitive verbpen·anced, pen·anc·ing, pen·anc·es
Origin of penanceMiddle English from Old French from Latin paenitentia penitence from paenitēns paenitent- penitent ; see penitent .
(third-person singular simple present penances, present participle penancing, simple past and past participle penanced)