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"penance" in British English

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penancenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈpen.əns/  us   /ˈpen.əns/
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.
(Definition of penance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"penance" in American English

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penancenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈpen·əns/
activity that shows you regret some previous action, sometimes for religious reasons: [U] They are doing penance for their sins.
(Definition of penance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “penance”
in Spanish penitencia…
in Vietnamese sự ăn năn hối lỗi…
in Malaysian penebusan…
in Thai การสำนึกบาป…
in French pénitence…
in German die Buße…
in Chinese (Simplified) 悔过,悔罪, 补赎…
in Turkish kefaret…
in Russian раскаяние, искупление вины…
in Indonesian hukuman…
in Chinese (Traditional) 悔過,悔罪, 補贖…
in Polish pokuta…
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