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penance
used in Gone with the Wind

5 uses
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Definition self-punishment, prayer, or other atonement (action to make up for wrong-doing)

or:

a religious sacrament (practice) often called confession involving confession, forgiveness, and atonement
  • And, for her penance, there would be the dreadful sight of Melanie's face changing from fond love and trust to incredulous horror and repulsion.
    5.55 (10% in)
  • I'll admit and brag about my services to the Confederacy and, if worst comes to worst, I'll join their damned Klan—though a merciful God could hardly lay so heavy a penance on my shoulders as that.
    5.52 (30% in)
  • Confess your sins and do penance for them in sorrow and contrition," Ellen had told her a hundred times and, in this crisis, Ellen's religious training came back and gripped her.
    5.55 (9% in)
  • Oh, that was too hard a penance, she thought in anguish, to have to live out her life remembering Melanie's face, knowing that Melanie knew all the pettiness, the meanness, the two-faced disloyalty and the hypocrisy that were in her.
    5.55 (11% in)
  • She remembered with dread Rhett's remark that he would even join their damned Klan to be respectable, though he hoped God would not lay so heavy a penance on his shoulders.
    5.58 (20% in)

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