Synonyms for penitentiary

Synonyms for (noun) penitentiary

Synonyms: pen, penitentiary

Definition: a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes

Similar words: correctional institution

Definition: a penal institution maintained by the government

Synonyms for (adj) penitentiary

Synonyms: penitential, penitentiary

Definition: showing or constituting penance

Usage: penitential tears; wrote a penitential letter apologizing for her hasty words

Similar words: penitent, repentant

Definition: feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

Synonyms: penitentiary

Definition: used for punishment or reform of criminals or wrongdoers

Usage: penitentiary institutions

Similar words: punitive, punitory

Definition: inflicting punishment

Usage: punitive justice; punitive damages

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