Definition of penance :
1. A means of repairing a sin committed, and obtaining pardon for it, consisting partly in the performance of expiatory rites, partly in voluntary submission to a punishment corresponding to the transgression. Penance is the fourth of seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church.
2. Pain; sorrow; suffering.
4. To impose penance; to punish.
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atonement (part of speech: noun)
- Marjorie didn't look especially happy, but her mother said: Now, Mopsy, dear, don't go to school as if it were penance. - "Marjorie's Busy Days", Carolyn Wells.
- My sufferings, sufferings full of the thought of you, shall be the penance of a heart which will never be healed, which will bleed in solitude. - "The Country Doctor", Honore de Balzac.
- " Because," he answered, " it is well that I should do penance where I sinned, Miss Bonamy," he continued impetuously, yet in a low voice, and with his eyes on the ground. - "The New Rector", Stanley J. Weyman.