What does penitentiary mean?

Definitions for penitentiary
ˌpɛn ɪˈtɛn ʃə ripen·i·ten·tiary

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word penitentiary.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. penitentiary, pen(adj)

    a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes

  2. penitentiary(adj)

    used for punishment or reform of criminals or wrongdoers

    "penitentiary institutions"

  3. penitential, penitentiary(adj)

    showing or constituting penance

    "penitential tears"; "wrote a penitential letter apologizing for her hasty words"


  1. penitentiary(Noun)

    A state or federal prison for convicted felons.

  2. penitentiary(Noun)

    (Roman Catholic Church) A priest who administers the sacrament of penance.

  3. penitentiary(Adjective)

    of or relating to penance; penitential

  4. penitentiary(Adjective)

    of or relating to the punishment of criminals

  5. Origin: From penitentiaria, term used by the Quakers in Pennsylvania during the 1790s, describing a place for penitents to dwell upon their sins.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Penitentiary(adj)

    relating to penance, or to the rules and measures of penance

  2. Penitentiary(adj)

    expressive of penitence; as, a penitentiary letter

  3. Penitentiary(adj)

    used for punishment, discipline, and reformation

  4. Penitentiary(noun)

    one who prescribes the rules and measures of penance

  5. Penitentiary(noun)

    one who does penance

  6. Penitentiary(noun)

    a small building in a monastery where penitents confessed

  7. Penitentiary(noun)

    that part of a church to which penitents were admitted

  8. Penitentiary(noun)

    an office of the papal court which examines cases of conscience, confession, absolution from vows, etc., and delivers decisions, dispensations, etc. Its chief is a cardinal, called the Grand Penitentiary, appointed by the pope

  9. Penitentiary(noun)

    an officer in some dioceses since A. D. 1215, vested with power from the bishop to absolve in cases reserved to him

  10. Penitentiary(noun)

    a house of correction, in which offenders are confined for punishment, discipline, and reformation, and in which they are generally compelled to labor

  11. Origin: [Cf. F. pnitentiaire.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Penitentiary

    The modern name for a “Magdalen Hospital,” designed as a home or refuge for fallen women who are penitent. This term was adopted also by the Quakers of Philadelphia in 1786 for a prison.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of penitentiary in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of penitentiary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of penitentiary in a Sentence

  1. Dan Jenkins:

    Oakland Hills looked more like a penitentiary than a golf course.

  2. Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro:

    If they return to Brazil, they will get a one-way ticket to a federal penitentiary.

  3. Michael Avenatti:

    My client and I hope that he is sentenced to the absolute maximum federal penitentiary time.

  4. Sergei Lavrov:

    He is threatening the penitentiary officers and he, he makes all kinds of arrogant accusations, for example he says, he is saying that he will put a drill to the head of the officer.

  5. H.L. Mencken:

    All zoos actually offer to the public in return for the taxes spent upon them is a form of idle and witless amusement, compared to which a visit to a penitentiary, or even to a State legislature in session, is informing, stimulating and ennobling.

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