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Noun: penance  pe-nun(t)s
  1. Remorse for your past conduct
    - repentance, penitence
  2. A Catholic sacrament; repentance and confession and atonement and absolution
  3. Voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
    - self-mortification, self-abasement

Derived forms: penances

Type of: compunction, penalisation [Brit], penalization, penalty, punishment, remorse, sacrament, sanction, self-reproach

Encyclopedia: Penance, Sacrament of