[pen-i-ten-shuh-ree] /ˌpɛn ɪˈtɛn ʃə ri/
noun, plural penitentiaries.
a place for imprisonment, reformatory discipline, or punishment, especially a prison maintained in the U.S. by a state or the federal government for serious offenders.
Roman Catholic Church. a tribunal in the Curia Romana, presided over by a cardinal (grand penitentiary) having jurisdiction over certain matters, as penance, confession, dispensation, absolution, and impediments, and dealing with questions of conscience reserved for the Holy See.
(of an offense) punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary.
of, relating to, or intended for imprisonment, reformatory discipline, or punishment.
noun (pl) -ries
(in the US and Canada) a state or federal prison: in Canada, esp a federal prison for offenders convicted of serious crimes Sometimes shortened to pen
another word for penitential (sense 1)
(US & Canadian) (of an offence) punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary
early 15c., “place of punishment for offenses against the church,” from Medieval Latin penitentiaria, from fem. of penitentiarius (adj.) “of penance,” from Latin paenitentia “penitence” (see penitence). Meaning “house of correction” (originally an asylum for prostitutes) is from 1806, short for penitentiary house (1776). Slang shortening pen is attested from 1884.
[pen-i-tuh nt] /ˈpɛn ɪ tənt/ adjective 1. feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and disposed to atonement and amendment; repentant; contrite. noun 2. a penitent person. 3. Roman Catholic Church. a person who confesses sin and submits to a penance. /ˈpɛnɪtənt/ adjective 1. feeling regret for one’s sins; repentant noun 2. a person […]
penitis pe·ni·tis (pē-nī’tĭs) n. Inflammation of the penis. Also called phallitis.
[Chinese buhn-jee] /Chinese ˈbʌnˈdʒi/ noun 1. . /ˈpɛnˈtʃiː/ noun 1. a variant transliteration of the Chinese name for Benxi
[pen-nahyf] /ˈpɛnˌnaɪf/ noun, plural penknives. 1. a small pocketknife, formerly one used for making and sharpening quill . /ˈpɛnˌnaɪf/ noun (pl) -knives 1. a small knife with one or more blades that fold into the handle; pocketknife n. early 15c., from pen (n.1) + knife (n.). So called because such small knives were used to […]