Definitions for "Penitentiary"
Relating to penance, or to the rules and measures of penance.
One who prescribes the rules and measures of penance.
One who does penance.
Used for punishment, discipline, and reformation.
A house of correction, in which offenders are confined for punishment, discipline, and reformation, and in which they are generally compelled to labor; a prison; a jail. Colloquially often shortened to pen.
A prison; the term derives from the philosophy that inmates could change their criminality through reflection and penitence.
Keywords:  absolve, dioceses, bishop, vested, him
An officer in some dioceses since A. D. 1215, vested with power from the bishop to absolve in cases reserved to him.
Keywords:  mom, eventually, vegetables, don't, eat
Where children who don't eat their vegetables or clean their rooms eventually end up, according to Mom.
Keywords:  admitted, church, part
That part of a church to which penitents were admitted.
Keywords:  letter, expressive
Expressive of penitence; as, a penitentiary letter.