- Absolution is defined as the formal forgiveness of wrongdoing, or the act of being relieved of guilt or consequences.
An example of absolution is being found not guilty in a court of law.
- The definition of absolution is a sacrament or religious ritual in the Catholic church where a priest grants forgiveness of sins.
An example of absolution is going to confession and receiving remission for your sins.
absolution definition by Webster's New World
- a formal freeing (from guilt or obligation); forgiveness
- remission (of sin or penalty for it); specif., in some churches, remission given by a priest in the sacrament of penance
- the statement of such remission
Origin: Middle English absoluciun ; from Old French absolution ; from Classical Latin absolutio ; from absolvere: see absolve
absolution definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of absolving or the state of being absolved.
- The formal remission of sin imparted by a priest, as in the sacrament of penance.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin absolūtiō, acquittal, from absolūtus, past participle of absolvere, to absolve; see absolute.