Definitions for penanceˈpɛn əns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pen•anceˈpɛn əns(n.)

  1. a punishment undergone as penitence for sin.

  2. a penitential discipline imposed by church authority.

  3. a sacrament, as in the Roman Catholic Church, consisting of confession, repentance, and forgiveness for one's sins.

    Category: Religion

Origin of penance:

1250–1300; ME penaunce < AF; OF peneance < L paenitentiapenitence

Princeton's WordNet

  1. repentance, penitence, penance(noun)

    remorse for your past conduct

  2. penance(noun)

    a Catholic sacrament; repentance and confession and atonement and absolution

  3. penance, self-mortification, self-abasement(noun)

    voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing

Wiktionary

  1. penance(Noun)

    A voluntary self-imposed punishment for a sinful act or wrongdoing. It may be intended to serve as reparation for the act.

  2. penance(Noun)

    A sacrament in some Christian churches.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Penance(noun)

    repentance

  2. Penance(noun)

    pain; sorrow; suffering

  3. Penance(noun)

    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

  4. Penance(verb)

    to impose penance; to punish

Freebase

  1. Penance

    Penance is repentance of sins as well as the proper name of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox Christian, and Anglican Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation/Confession. It also plays a part in non-sacramental confession among Lutherans and other Protestants. The word penance derives from Old French and Latin poenitentia, both of which derive from the same root meaning repentance, the desire to be forgiven. Penance and repentance, similar in their derivation and original sense, have come to symbolize conflicting views of the essence of repentance, arising from the controversy as to the respective merits of "faith" and "good works." Word derivations occur in many languages.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Penance

    in the Roman Catholic Church an expression of penitence as well as the sacrament of absolution; also the suffering to which a penitent voluntarily subjects himself, according to the schoolmen, as an expression of his penitence, and in punishment of his sin; the three steps of penitence were contrition, confession, and satisfaction.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

penance(noun)

punishment that a person suffers willingly to show that he is sorry for something wrong he has done

He did penance for his sins.

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