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He forced himself to face them regularly as a penance and a corrective.

I say because it is a part of my penance for the sin which I have sinned.

"No penance at all, I assure you," answered Peter with something like a smile.

Let not the penance for a rashness, to which fate urges me on, attach to my country, but to me.

I suppose he's going to keep me waiting for days, as a penance.

In prayer and penance and fasting he would find help and consolation.

"But perhaps he staid all night at his penance in the church," said the Father.

There's nothing but prayer and penance and fasting left to us, is there?

It's only a life of penance and suffering you've come back to, my poor lad.

Your penance, my son, shall be of the same kind with your offence.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "religious discipline or self-mortification as a token of repentance and as atonement for some sin," from Anglo-French penaunce, Old French peneance (12c.), from Latin pænitentia (see penitence). Transferred sense is recorded from c.1300.

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