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a. - Relating to penance, or to the rules and measures of penance. 2
a. - Expressive of penitence; as, a penitentiary letter. 2
a. - Used for punishment, discipline, and reformation. 2
n. - One who prescribes the rules and measures of penance. 2
n. - One who does penance. 2
n. - A small building in a monastery where penitents confessed. 2
n. - That part of a church to which penitents were admitted. 2
n. - An office of the papal court which examines cases of conscience, confession, absolution from vows, etc., and delivers decisions, dispensations, etc. Its chief is a cardinal, called the Grand Penitentiary, appointed by the pope. 2
n. - An officer in some dioceses since A. D. 1215, vested with power from the bishop to absolve in cases reserved to him. 2
n. - A house of correction, in which offenders are confined for punishment, discipline, and reformation, and in which they are generally compelled to labor. 2

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