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"

Wiktionary

  1. penitentiary(Noun)

    A state or federal prison for convicted felons.

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

  2. penitentiary(Noun)

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

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

  3. penitentiary(Adjective)

    of or relating to penance; penitential

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

  4. penitentiary(Adjective)

    of or relating to the punishment of criminals

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. pnitentiaire.]

  2. Penitentiary(adj)

    expressive of penitence; as, a penitentiary letter

    Etymology: [Cf. F. pnitentiaire.]

  3. Penitentiary(adj)

    used for punishment, discipline, and reformation

    Etymology: [Cf. F. pnitentiaire.]

  4. Penitentiary(noun)

    one who prescribes the rules and measures of penance

    Etymology: [Cf. F. pnitentiaire.]

  5. Penitentiary(noun)

    one who does penance

    Etymology: [Cf. F. pnitentiaire.]

  6. Penitentiary(noun)

    a small building in a monastery where penitents confessed

    Etymology: [Cf. F. pnitentiaire.]

  7. Penitentiary(noun)

    that part of a church to which penitents were admitted

    Etymology: [Cf. F. pnitentiaire.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. pnitentiaire.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. pnitentiaire.]

  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

    Etymology: [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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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. Sean Kelley:

    Prisons are designed to punish, to keep people afraid, to deter, this prison changed everything though. The people who built this prison said 'why not rehabilitate, why not inspire penance?' So they built this building calling it a penitentiary. The prison at that time was state-of-the-art, revolutionary and the most expensive in the world. In operation from 1829 to 1971, thousands passed through the large gates in the 142 years it was in operation. The prisoners included some notorious criminals like Al Capone and bank robber William Slick Willie Sutton. Sutton, in fact, was part of a 1945 jailbreak. He and 11 other prisoners built a tunnel they thought would carry them to freedom. Instead, within months after the well-planned escape, all 12 inmates who broke out were caught and returned. Slick Willie was captured just 3 minutes after breaking free. In operation from 1829 to 1971, thousands passed through the large gates in the 142 years it was in operation. The prisoners included some notorious criminals like Al Capone and bank robber William.

  3. Dan Jenkins:

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

  4. Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro:

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

  5. Spiro Agnew:

    This is the criminal left that belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary. The criminal left is not a problem to be solved by the Department of Philosophy or the Department of Englishit is a problem for the Department of Justice. Black or white, the criminal left is interested in power. It is not interested in promoting the renewal and reforms that make democracy work; it is interested in promoting those collisions and conflict that tear democracy apart.

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