penance


penance

noun

  1. a punishment undergone in token of penitence for sin.
  2. a penitential discipline imposed by church authority.
  3. a sacrament, as in the Roman Catholic Church, consisting in a confession of sin, made with sorrow and with the intention of amendment, followed by the forgiveness of the sin.

noun

  1. voluntary self-punishment to atone for a sin, crime, etc
  2. a feeling of regret for one’s wrongdoings
  3. Christianity
    1. a punishment usually consisting of prayer, fasting, etc, undertaken voluntarily as an expression of penitence for sin
    2. a punishment of this kind imposed by church authority as a condition of absolution

verb

  1. (tr) (of ecclesiastical authorities) to impose a penance upon (a sinner)

n.late 13c., “religious discipline or self-mortification as a token of repentance and as atonement for some sin,” from Anglo-French penaunce, Old French peneance (12c.), from Latin pænitentia (see penitence). Transferred sense is recorded from c.1300. Acts done to make up for sin. (See confession and indulgence.)

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