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Meaning of Penitente

Pen•i•ten•te

Pronunciation: (pen"i-ten'tā, -tē), [key]
— n.
  1. a member of a religious order, chiefly in Spanish-American communities in New Mexico, known for their practice of self-flagellation, esp. during Holy Week.
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