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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Punishment or self-discipline to which one voluntarily submits to show regret for having done something wrong.

Usage examples (31)
  • But penance need not be paid in suffering...It can be paid in forward motion.
  • I'd cut my hands off in penance, but I need them to climb.
  • The beauty of penance is that it makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • And her penance is merciless: she must find a way to lure her former socialite friends into the tofu tenement she has been reduced to. for more
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