(?), n. [F. pnitence, L. paenitentia. See Penitent, and cf. Penance.] The quality or condition of being penitent; the disposition of a penitent; sorrow for sins or faults; repentance; contrition. "Penitence of his old guilt." Chaucer.
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Death is deferred, and penitenance has room
To mitigate, if not reverse, the doom.
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Syn. -- Repentance; contrition; compunction.
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