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penance

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈpen.əns/ us  
an act that shows that you feel sorry about something that you have done, sometimes for religious reasons: As a penance, she said she would buy them all a box of chocolates. They are doing penance for their sins.
Translations of “penance”
in Spanish penitencia…
in French pénitence…
in German die Buße…
in Chinese (Traditional) 悔過,悔罪, 補贖…
in Russian раскаяние, искупление вины…
in Turkish kefaret…
in Chinese (Simplified) 悔过,悔罪, 补赎…
in Polish pokuta…
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