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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Medieval Latin poenitentia, from Latin paenitere; PENITENT1


Related topics: Christianity
1 [countable usually singular, uncountable]RRC something that you must do to show that you are sorry for something you have done wrong, especially in some religions
do/perform penance
We prayed and did penance together.
penance for
as a penance for his sins
2 [singular] something that you have to do but do not enjoy doing:
Working in the garden was a kind of penance.

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