Origin of penance
OTHER WORDS FROM penancepen·ance·less, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH penancepenance , pennants
Words nearby penance
How to use penance in a sentence
Those who have somehow broken the laws of this country remain in some of them and this is their abode of penance.
Your penance will be having to listen to your friend’s explanation, even if it unintentionally seems to confirm her guilt.Miss Manners: Friend might be lying, but you were definitely rude|Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin|April 8, 2021|Washington Post
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
The company will be forced to endure penance not only for the spill, but paradoxically for the sunflower.
I attended, and hearkened; no man speaketh what is good, there is none that doth penance for his sin, saying: What have I done?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
It seemed to him as if no punishment or penance could atone for such deception and for so great a crime.Skipper Worse|Alexander Lange Kielland
Many a fish is mad after the bait; but when he is hooked, he finds his penance, even though the line should break.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
The Church adjudged Simone heretic, and condemned her for salutary penance to the bread of suffering and the water of affliction.The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche|Anatole France
And you look as if you were doing penance, or something—you've got such a superior expression!The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch|Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
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