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penance
used in The Poisonwood Bible

2 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
  • Being always the first to spot flaws and transgressions, it falls upon Father to deliver penance.
    Book 1 — Genesis (47% in)
  • But I'm afraid this is your penance for sixteen years of pulling up your nose at my cooking.
    Book 3 — Judges (41% in)

There are no more uses of "penance" in The Poisonwood Bible.

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