- of or for penance
- used in punishing, disciplining, and reforming
- making one liable to imprisonment in a penitentiary
- of or in a penitentiary
Origin of penitentiaryMedieval Latin penitentiarius, poenitentiarius (form and meaning influenced, influence by associated, association with Classical Latin poena: see penal) from Classical Latin paenitentia from paenitens, penitent
Origin of penitentiaryML penitentiaria < the adj.
- a prison
- a state or federal prison for persons convicted of serious crimes
Origin of penitentiaryML(Ec) penitentiarius < the adj. an office or tribunal headed by a cardinal (Grand Penitentiary) and dealing with matters of penance, confession, dispensation, absolution, etc.