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absolution

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noun ab·so·lu·tion \ˌab-sə-ˈlü-shən\

Simple Definition of absolution

  • : the act of forgiving someone for having done something wrong or sinful : the act of absolving someone or the state of being absolved

Full Definition of absolution

  1. :  the act of absolving; specifically :  a remission of sins pronounced by a priest (as in the sacrament of reconciliation)

Examples of absolution

  1. He asked the priest to give him absolution for his sins.

  2. <the jury's verdict of not guilty was absolution in the eyes of the law, but the verdict would always be guilty in the court of public opinion>



13th Century

First Known Use of absolution

13th century

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