• Latin: satis, enough; facere, to make


(1) In general, reparation made to another to pay a debt or to atone for an injury. Thus, we say that Christ made satisfaction to God for our sins.

(2) In particular, compensation made to God for the debt of temporal punishment. That such a debt of punishment may reamin after the sin itself has been forgiven, and that man can make satisfaction for it, is evident from Scripture (2 Kings 12; Jonah 3), and from Christian tradition. The penance given after sacramental confession is intended principally to make satisfactoin for the debt of tempoal punishment. All supernaturally good works performed by one in the state of grace possess satisfactory value.

MLA Citation

  • “satisfaction”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 June 2010. Web. 5 December 2021. <>