penance definition

  • noun:
    • An act of self-mortification or devotion performed voluntarily to show sorrow for a sin or other wrongdoing.
    • A sacrament in certain Christian churches which includes contrition, confession to a priest, acceptance of punishment, and absolution. Also referred to as reconciliation.
    • A voluntary self-imposed discipline for a sinful work or wrongdoing. It could be designed to serve as reparation for work.
    • A sacrament in some Christian churches.
    • Repentance.
    • soreness; sadness; suffering.
    • an easy method of repairing a sin dedicated, and acquiring pardon for it, consisting partially within the overall performance of expiatory rites, partly in voluntary submitting to a punishment corresponding into transgression, enforced by a confessor or other ecclesiastical expert. Penance could be the fourth of seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church.
    • Any work carried out by people to atone for an offense to some other; an act of atonement.
    • Penitence; repentance.
    • Sorrow for sin shown by outward functions; self-punishment expressive of penitence or repentance; the suffering to which an individual voluntarily subjects himself, as by fasting, flagellation, self-imposed jobs, etc., as a manifestation of penitence; the outward acts through which sorrow for sin is shown.
    • Eccles., sadness for sin shown by outward functions under expert and regulation associated with the church; contrition manifested by confession and pleasure and entitling to absolution; hence, absolution ensuing upon contrition and confession with pleasure or purpose of satisfaction.
    • The penalty or discipline imposed because of the priest when you look at the above sacrament.
    • ergo Any work of austerity or asceticism practised with a religious motive.
    • Suffering; sorrow; misery.
    • a guitar or means of self-punishment employed by individuals undergoing penance either inflicted or voluntary.
    • showing your self repentant by distributing towards the punishment of censure or suffering.
    • a Catholic sacrament; repentance and confession and atonement and absolution
    • remorse for the previous conduct
    • voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for many wrongdoing
  • verb-transitive:
    • To enforce penance upon.
    • To enforce penance; to penalize.
  • verb:
    • To enforce penance; to penalize.
  • others:
    • To cause penance upon; control by penance.

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