Origin of penance
Related formspen·ance·less, adjective
Can be confusedpenance pennants
Examples 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.
Penance is available at the Newsstand, Miami and at alldayeveryday.com for $45—$500.
“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