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Meaning of PENITENCE

Pronunciation:  'penituns

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  remorse for your past conduct

PENITENCE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: penance, repentance
 See Also: compunction, remorse, self-reproach



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pen"i*tence\, n. [F. p['e]nitence, L. paenitentia.
See {Penitent}, and cf. {Penance}.]
The quality or condition of being penitent; the disposition
of a penitent; sorrow for sins or faults; repentance;
contrition. ``Penitence of his old guilt.'' --Chaucer.

      Death is deferred, and penitenance has room To
      mitigate, if not reverse, the doom.      --Dryden.

Syn: Repentance; contrition; compunction.

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