1 voluntary self-punishment to atone for a sin, crime, etc.
2 a feeling of regret for one's wrongdoings
a a punishment usually consisting of prayer, fasting, etc., undertaken voluntarily as an expression of penitence for sin
b a punishment of this kind imposed by church authority as a condition of absolution
4 tr (of ecclesiastical authorities) to impose a penance upon (a sinner)
(C13: via Old French from Latin paenitentia repentance; related to Latin poena penalty)
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1 atonement, mortification, penalty, punishment, reparation, sackcloth and ashes
2 do penance accept punishment, atone, make amends, make reparation, mortify oneself, show contrition, suffer
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