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An example use of penance in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… and the penance was that they were to go …”
Penance is the act of self-punishment or suffering for the sake of atonement.
the word penance occurs in english on average 1.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.