penance

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English penaunce, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French peneance, from Latin paenitentia (penitence). Doublet of penitence.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɛn.əns/
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  • Hyphenation: pen‧ance

NounEdit

penance (countable and uncountable, plural penances)

  1. A voluntary self-imposed punishment for a sinful act or wrongdoing. It may be intended to serve as reparation for the act.
  2. A sacrament in some Christian churches.
  3. Any instrument of self-punishment.
  4. (obsolete) repentance
  5. (obsolete) pain; sorrow; suffering

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VerbEdit

penance (third-person singular simple present penances, present participle penancing, simple past and past participle penanced)

  1. To impose penance; to punish.

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NounEdit

penance

  1. pain; sorrow; suffering