Synonyms of penitentiary


1. penitentiary, pen, correctional institution

usage: a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes


1. penitentiary, punitive (vs. rehabilitative), punitory

usage: used for punishment or reform of criminals or wrongdoers; "penitentiary institutions"

2. penitential, penitentiary, penitent (vs. impenitent), repentant (vs. unrepentant)

usage: showing or constituting penance; "penitential tears"; "wrote a penitential letter apologizing for her hasty words"

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Definition and meaning of penitentiary (Dictionary)