penitentiary

/pɛnəˈtɛnʃəri / (say penuh'tenshuhree)

noun (plural penitentiaries)
1. Roman Catholic Church
a. a cleric appointed by a bishop to administer the sacrament of penance in cases of a kind which would normally be dealt with by the bishop or by the Holy See.
b. an office of the Holy See (presided over by the cardinal grand penitentiary) having jurisdiction over such cases.
2. a place for imprisonment and reformatory discipline.
3. US a prison.
adjective
4. of or relating to penance; penitential.
5. (of an offence) punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary.
6. relating to or intended for penal confinement and discipline.
{Middle English, from Medieval Latin poenitentiārius, from Latin paenitentia penitence}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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