Dictionary Results for penitentiary

1. penitentiary - noun

· a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes

Synonym(s): pen

Hypernym(s): correctional_institution

2. penitentiary - adjective

· used for punishment or reform of criminals or wrongdoers; "penitentiary institutions"

3. penitentiary - adjective

· showing or constituting penance; "penitential tears"; "wrote a penitential letter apologizing for her hasty words"

Synonym(s): penitential

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