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Definition of penance
- 2a sacrament in which a member of the Church confesses sins to a priest and is given absolution. In the Roman Catholic Church often called sacrament of reconciliation.
verb[with object] archaic
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin paenitentia 'repentance', from the verb paenitere 'be sorry'