[pen-i-ten-tey, -tee]


a member of a religious order, chiefly in Spanish-American communities in New Mexico, known for their practice of self-flagellation, especially during Holy Week.

Origin of Penitente

1830–40, Americanism; < Spanish, singular of Penitentes, short for Los Hermanos Penitentes the penitent brothers Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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