a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes
used for punishment or reform of criminals or wrongdoers
showing or constituting penance
"penitential tears"; "wrote a penitential letter apologizing for her hasty words"
A state or federal prison for convicted felons.
(Roman Catholic Church) A priest who administers the sacrament of penance.
of or relating to penance; penitential
of or relating to the punishment of criminals
Origin: From penitentiaria, term used by the Quakers in Pennsylvania during the 1790s, describing a place for penitents to dwell upon their sins.
relating to penance, or to the rules and measures of penance
expressive of penitence; as, a penitentiary letter
used for punishment, discipline, and reformation
one who prescribes the rules and measures of penance
one who does penance
a small building in a monastery where penitents confessed
that part of a church to which penitents were admitted
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
an officer in some dioceses since A. D. 1215, vested with power from the bishop to absolve in cases reserved to him
a house of correction, in which offenders are confined for punishment, discipline, and reformation, and in which they are generally compelled to labor
Origin: [Cf. F. pnitentiaire.]
Etymology and Origins
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.
The numerical value of penitentiary in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of penitentiary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of penitentiary in a Sentence
Oakland Hills looked more like a penitentiary than a golf course.
If they return to Brazil, they will get a one-way ticket to a federal penitentiary.
My client and I hope that he is sentenced to the absolute maximum federal penitentiary time.
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.
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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