What does the word penance mean?

Usage examples for penance

  1. Even now we have humiliation and penance. – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  2. He reconciled the lady with Holy Church, and confirmed the lady and Messire Thibault her lord, in their marriage bond, reknitting them together, giving penance to each, and absolution for their sins. – French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France by Marie de France
  3. He had failed in his penance. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple