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Definitionself-punishment, prayer, or other atonement (action to make up for wrong-doing)
a religious sacrament (practice) often called confession involving confession, forgiveness, and atonement
- 'It would be no great penance,' said Rosa Dartle, 'for your crimes.Chapters 49-51 (45% in)
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