Variant of penance
- R.C.Ch., Eastern Orthodox Ch.
- 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: ME < OFr peneance < L paenitentia, poenitentia < paenitens: see penitent
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