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Meaning of “penance” in the English Dictionary

"penance" in British English

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penancenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈpen.əns/
an ​act that ​shows that you ​feelsorry about something that you have done, sometimes for ​religiousreasons: As a penance, she said she would ​buy them all a ​box of ​chocolates. They are doing penance fortheirsins.
(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 ​previousaction, sometimes for ​religiousreasons: [U] They are doing penance for ​theirsins.
(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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