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Origin of penance
OTHER WORDS FROM penancepen·ance·less, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH penancepenance pennants
Words nearby penance
Example sentences from the Web for penance
It is will always be my penance now always to believe that I didn't do enough for my friend.
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“The pain is her penance,” says one of them, amid the screams of labor.Give Dame Judi Dench the Damn Oscar for ‘Philomena’|Nico Hines|October 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Pay your penance while demonstrating a commitment to public service.Eliot Spitzer’s Comeback Plan: A Run for New York City Comptroller|John Avlon|July 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Exile was then imposed as a penance on Columba, whose act had been the original cause of offence.Ireland under the Tudors, Volume I (of II)|Richard Bagwell
The congregation is very small, consisting almost exclusively of women, who seem to do penance for both sexes in Cuba.Foot-prints of Travel|Maturin M. Ballou
At any rate, this is a new light on things: the influence of big shops on the tribunal of penance!The Cathedral|Joris-Karl Huysmans
But what penance shall avail to ease that poor little creature's broken-hearted crying?The Romance of Zion Chapel [3d ed.]|Richard Le Gallienne
And now, Pat Murphy, in this season of Lent, what is it ye'll do by way of penance?Mr. Punch's Irish Humour|Charles Keene, Various
British Dictionary definitions for penance
- a punishment usually consisting of prayer, fasting, etc, undertaken voluntarily as an expression of penitence for sin
- a punishment of this kind imposed by church authority as a condition of absolution