Absolution meaning

ăbsə-lo͝oshən
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.

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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.

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The act of absolving or the state of being absolved.
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The formal remission of sin imparted by a priest, as in the sacrament of penance.
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A formal freeing (from guilt or obligation); forgiveness.
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(ecclesiastical) An absolving of sins from ecclesiastical penalties by an authority. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
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Forgiveness of sins, in a general sense. [First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
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The form of words by which a penitent is absolved. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]

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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.

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Origin of absolution

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin absolūtiō acquittal from absolūtus past participle of absolvere to absolve absolute

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English absolucion, absolucioun, from Old French absolution, from Latin absolūtiōnem, accusative singular of absolūtiō (“acquittal”), from absolvō (“absolve”). See also absolve.

    From Wiktionary