penance - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] 

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/ˈpenəns/
singularpenance
pluralpenances
  1. punishment or suffering that you accept, especially because of your religious beliefs, to show that you are sorry for something bad that you have done
    penance for:

    He believed the death of his child was penance for his sins.

    do penance:

    He did penance for the wrongs he had committed.