penance: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pen'uns), [key]
— n.
  1. a punishment undergone in token of penitence for sin.
  2. a penitential discipline imposed by church authority.
  3. a sacrament, as in the Roman Catholic Church, consisting in a confession of sin, made with sorrow and with the intention of amendment, followed by the forgiveness of the sin.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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