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Adjective: penitentiary  ,pe-ni'ten-shu-ree
  1. Used for punishment or reform of criminals or wrongdoers
    "penitentiary institutions"
  2. Showing or constituting penance
    "penitentiary tears";
    - penitential
Noun: penitentiary  ,pe-ni'ten-shu-ree
  1. A correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes
    - pen

Derived forms: penitentiaries

See also: penitent, punitive, punitory, repentant

Type of: correctional institution

Encyclopedia: Penitentiary