Translation of penance in Spanish:

penance

Pronunciation: /ˈpenəns/

n

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  • 1.1 [Relig] penitencia (f) for penance say three Hail Marys como penitencia reza tres avemarías to do penance for sth hacer* penitencia por algo to perform a public penance hacer* un acto de contrición público
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    • They extended to religious observance and penance, or expiation, though in the later period there is a tendency to concentrate on what looks more today, in the west, like law.
    • I'm doing my duty and my penance now, but I'll always be a woman who loves a good show.
    • On the minus side, being presented with such an array of dishes almost always results in the type of culinary blow-out which requires hours of penance in the gym afterwards.
    1.2 (punishment) [humorístico/humorous] castigo (m)
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    • Ignorant and wicked are the doings of those priests who, in the case of the dying, reserve canonical penances for purgatory.
    • In the bitter cold of winter, the yogi undertook various penances which, it was said, gave him great powers.
    • Speaking of which, will the guidelines for penances have to be re-written?

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