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penance
used in Persuasion

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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
  • Their interesting, almost too interesting conversation must be broken up for a time, but slight was the penance compared with the happiness which brought it on!
    Chapter 20 (35% in)
  • The others returned, the room filled again, benches were reclaimed and repossessed, and another hour of pleasure or of penance was to be sat out, another hour of music was to give delight or the gapes, as real or affected taste for it prevailed.
    Chapter 20 (82% in)
  • From that period his penance had become severe.
    Chapter 23 (72% in)

There are no more uses of "penance" in Persuasion.

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