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Penitente

[pen-i-ten-tey, -tee] /ˌpɛn ɪˈtɛn teɪ, -ti/
noun
1.
a member of a religious order, chiefly in Spanish-American communities in New Mexico, known for their practice of self-flagellation, especially during Holy Week.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; < Spanish, singular of Penitentes, short for Los Hermanos Penitentes the penitent brothers
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