Penitente meaning

pĕn'ĭ-tĕn'tā, -tē
A member of a Roman Catholic brotherhood in parts of the Southwest, of Native American and Hispanic origin, that celebrates the Passion with rites involving fasting and self-flagellation.
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Origin of penitente

  • Spanish from Latin paenitēns paenitent- penitent penitent
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition