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synonyms for penance

  • absolution
  • atonement
  • contrition
  • forgiveness
  • penitence
  • remorse
  • repentance
  • retribution
  • attrition
  • compensation
  • compunction
  • confession
  • expiation
  • mortification
  • penalty
  • punishment
  • purgation
  • rue
  • ruth
  • self-flagellation
  • shrift
  • sorrow
  • suffering
  • hair shirt
  • remorsefulness
  • sackcloth and ashes

antonyms for penance

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  • happiness
  • joy
  • reward
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How to use penance in a sentence

To the world, I was fat and unfit and had to go to the gym as penance.
THE APPEAL AND THE SHORTCOMINGS OF WOMEN-ONLY GYMSCHIKA EKEMEZIEOCTOBER 8, 2021VOX
Those who have somehow broken the laws of this country remain in some of them and this is their abode of penance.
LOCKED UP IN THE LAND OF LIBERTY: PART IYARIEL VALDÉS GONZÁLEZJULY 7, 2021WASHINGTON BLADE
Your penance will be having to listen to your friend’s explanation, even if it unintentionally seems to confirm her guilt.
MISS MANNERS: FRIEND MIGHT BE LYING, BUT YOU WERE DEFINITELY RUDEJUDITH MARTIN, NICHOLAS MARTIN, JACOBINA MARTINAPRIL 8, 2021WASHINGTON POST
I attended, and hearkened; no man speaketh what is good, there is none that doth penance for his sin, saying: What have I done?
THE BIBLE, DOUAY-RHEIMS VERSIONVARIOUS
It seemed to him as if no punishment or penance could atone for such deception and for so great a crime.
SKIPPER WORSEALEXANDER LANGE KIELLAND
Many a fish is mad after the bait; but when he is hooked, he finds his penance, even though the line should break.
CHAUCER'S WORKS, VOLUME 1 (OF 7) -- ROMAUNT OF THE ROSE; MINOR POEMSGEOFFREY CHAUCER
The Church adjudged Simone heretic, and condemned her for salutary penance to the bread of suffering and the water of affliction.
THE MERRIE TALES OF JACQUES TOURNEBROCHEANATOLE FRANCE
And you look as if you were doing penance, or something—you've got such a superior expression!
THE SUNBRIDGE GIRLS AT SIX STAR RANCHELEANOR H. (ELEANOR HODGMAN) PORTER
I look for no penance in this life, Reverend Mother, beyond such as may be imposed upon me.
FIFTY CONTEMPORARY ONE-ACT PLAYSVARIOUS
Alas, it may be, she will impose on herself some rigid penance, in the hope that God may alleviate the sufferings of her brother!
MY TEN YEARS' IMPRISONMENTSILVIO PELLICO
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO PENANCE

  • amends
  • expiation
  • indemnification
  • payment
  • penance
  • propitiation
  • recompense
  • redemption
  • redress
  • reparation
  • restitution
  • satisfaction
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.