Penance

Definition of Penance

Pen´ance
n.1.Repentance.
2.Pain; sorrow; suffering.
3.(Eccl.) 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, imposed by a confessor or other ecclesiastical authority. Penance is the fourth of seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church.
And bitter penance, with an iron whip.
- Spenser.
Quoth he, "The man hath penance done,
And penance more will do."
- Coleridge.
4.Any act performed by a person to atone for an offense to another; an act of atonement.
v. t.1.To impose penance; to punish.
[imp. & p. p. Penanced .]

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