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So I'm a bit confused. What's the difference between penance and penitence? Are they essentially the same thing? Thank you everyone.

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    From Dictionary.com

    pen ance   
    –noun
    1. a punishment undergone in token of penitence for sin.


    pen i tence   
    –noun
    the state of being penitent; regret for one's wrongdoing or sinning; contrition; repentance.

    As you can see, a penance is a punishment; penitence is a feeling of guilt or being sorry.

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