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Q: 'penance' vs 'penitence'

LePressentiment penance (n.) [←] late 13c., "religious discipline or self-mortification as a token of repentance and as atonement for some sin," from Anglo-French penaunce, Old French peneance (12c.), from Latin p├Žnitentia (see penitence). Transferred sense is recorded from c. 1300. penitence (n.)...

 
 
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Q: How did the Old French 'vengier' produce, in its cognates, so many valencies?

LePressentiment avenge (v.) [←] late 14c., from Anglo-French avenger, Old French avengier, from a- "to" (see ad-) + vengier "take revenge" (Modern French venger) [continued below] revenge (v.) [←] late 14c., from Old French revengier, variant of revenchier "take revenge, avenge" (13c., Modern...

 

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