Penance meaning

pĕn'əns
Penance is self-punishment done to try to right a wrong, or the receipt of absolution from sins from a priest by fulfilling some requirement.

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.

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To impose penance upon.
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An act of self-mortification or devotion performed voluntarily to show sorrow for a sin or other wrongdoing.
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A sacrament in some Christian churches.
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To impose a penance on.
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Any act of reparation, self-punishment, etc. done in repentance for a sin or wrongdoing.
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A voluntary self-imposed punishment for a sinful act or wrongdoing. It may be intended to serve as reparation for the act.
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A sacrament in some Christian churches that includes contrition, confession to a priest, acceptance of punishment, and absolution.
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To impose penance; to punish.
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do penance
  • To do one or more acts of penance.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

do penance

Origin of penance

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin paenitentia penitence from paenitēns paenitent- penitent penitent
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English penaunce, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French peneance, from Latin paenitentia (“penitence").
    From Wiktionary