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penance

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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
  • prayers of penance
penance = 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
  • A foreign policy of penance was counterproductive.
  • Public self-whipping as penance for sins was common in Europe until the Renaissance.
  • It's not penance if there isn't genuine sorrow for wrong-doing.
  • The other was like a chunk of burnt pine log he was carrying along as a penance for some obscure sin.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • penance = self-punishment
  • I shouted, "there will be no punishment, there will be no penance!"
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • penance = self-punishment or other atonement (action to make up for wrong-doing)
  • In my mind, I'd already served my penance.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • penance = self-punishment or other atonement (action to make up for wrong-doing)
  • I knelt at the altar rail and said my penance.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • penance = prayer to make up for wrong-doing
  • I'm ready to smash everything to smithereens And make all kneel in schoolboy penance.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • He sewed to the end of the sinew and drew another strand from his mouth, remembering the penance trip up the mountain.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • "Speaking generally," he said, "no penance is like having one's picture done."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The great demon bowed his horned head and kneeled, his leathery wings folded about him in an attitude of penance.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • He intended to go on from this place—visited as an act of penance—into another part of the country altogether.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • "You come around to the hotel to-morrow," she said, as sort of penance for error.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • She wanted to do penance.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • 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.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I am the first man who would not do penance for my virtues or let them be used as the tools of my destruction.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • This is my penance, Cersei told herself.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Maybe my ice-cold environment was the perfect penance for my stupidity.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • Choose your revenge yourself; Impose me to what penance your invention Can lay upon my sin: yet sinn'd I not But in mistaking.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing

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