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American English: /ˈpɛnəns/
British English: /ˈpɛnəns/

Translation of penance in Spanish:


uncountable and countable
  • 1 (Religion) for penance say three Hail Marys
    como penitencia reza tres avemarías
    to do penance for something
    hacer penitencia por algo
    to perform a public penance
    hacer un acto de contrición público
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (punishment) [humorous]
    Example sentences
    • 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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