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penance
used in The Merchant of Venice

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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
  • Grieve not that I am fallen to this for you, For herein Fortune shows herself more kind Than is her custom: it is still her use To let the wretched man outlive his wealth, To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow An age of poverty; from which lingering penance Of such misery doth she cut me off.
    4.1 — Act 4 Scene 1 — Venice. A court of justice (60% in)

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