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Definitions and Synonyms of penitentiary | Another word for penitentiary | What is penitentiary?

Definition 1: a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for penitentiary in the sense of this definition

(penitentiary is a kind of ...) a penal institution maintained by the government

Definition 2: showing or constituting penance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where penitentiary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • penitential tears
  • wrote a penitential letter apologizing for her hasty words

Synonyms for penitentiary in the sense of this definition

(penitentiary is similar to ...) feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

Definition 3: used for punishment or reform of criminals or wrongdoers - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where penitentiary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • penitentiary institutions

(penitentiary is similar to ...) inflicting punishment

"punitive justice" "punitive damages"

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