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- A voluntary self-imposed punishment for a sinful act or wrongdoing. It may be intended to serve as reparation for the act.
- Quoth he, "The man hath penance done, / And penance more will do."
- A sacrament in some Christian churches.
- Any instrument of self-punishment.
- (obsolete) repentance
- (obsolete) pain; sorrow; suffering
- Joy or penance he feeleth none.
voluntary self-imposed punishment
sacrament in some churches