Translation of penance in Spanish:


penitencia, n.

Pronunciation /ˈpɛnəns/

Definition of penitencia in Spanish


  • 1

    penitencia feminine
    for penance say three Hail Marys como penitencia reza tres avemarías
    • to do penance for sth hacer penitencia por algo
    • to perform a public penance hacer un acto de contrición público
    • 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.
    • Is confession really so good for the soul, especially when it requires no penance?
    • How, for example, would you explain religious sacrifice and penance which are an important motivator for many non-western consumers?
    • Readers, I have sinned, and penance suggestions may be required.
    • Will eternity be long enough to allow the penance required?
    • He's doing an act of penance, and in the Hindu religion it's a renunciation.
    • The head priest gave him blessed, medicated ghee to take in the early morning for 41 days while observing a penance.
    • Slavery could be imposed as a religious penance or a criminal punishment.
  • 2humorous

    castigo masculine
    • 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?
    • Unprepared for such transgressions, the sort of penances handed out by the confession booths suddenly seemed rather trifling.
    • They appointed rival bishops, collected double taxes, issued conflicting penances, and excommunicated one another's supporters.
    • But such a desire can be forgiven, as long as one takes the proper penances into consideration.
    • His earlier life of self-indulgence had been unsatisfying, as was his six-year experiment with ascetic penances.
    • They may also lie on beds of nails, walk on fire and undertake other penances to build character and atone for sins.
    • But that, he said, was really a political deal, shored up with appropriate penances.
    • As time went on, the ritual and the length of the penances which were given also changed.
    • There are similarities in the practices of both sects: initiation is by tearing out the hair, and the lifestyle is one of extreme austerity involving nakedness, penances, and ordeals.
    • Neighboring monks became upset with him over a theological dispute, and his health deteriorated under the rigors of his fasting and penances.
    • After prayers, penances, and many hardships, they captured it in July 1099.
    • Worldly attempts to change the state of one's soul through indulgences and penances were meaningless.
    • He confesses and receives penances twice, once on the verge of execution, then finally is deemed insane and committed to an asylum at the close of his third trial.
    • There are all sorts of hidden penances we can do, such as not putting salt or tomato ketchup on our chips.
    • I simply mean that they are now living the suffering they've inflicted on others as penance for their sins.
    • I wasn't going to have to start wearing a brown habit with rusty chains underneath as penance for my wrong doings.
    • Some people like to stand miserably in the rain, taking each cold splash of water as flagellation from the heavens, enduring the torrent as penance for their internalised sense of guilt.
    • There has to be some penance and retribution for these people.