- 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.
- 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 of absolutionMiddle English absoluciun ; from Old French absolution ; from Classical Latin absolutio ; from absolvere: see absolve
- 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 of absolutionMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin absol&umacron;ti&omacron;, acquittal, from absol&umacron;tus, past participle of absolvere, to absolve; see absolute.
- (ecclesiastical) An absolving of sins from ecclesiastical penalties by an authority. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
- Forgiveness of sins, in a general sense. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
- The form of words by which a penitent is absolved. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- Government ... granting absolution to the nation.