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.
- to do one or more acts of penance
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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