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
: the act of absolving; specifically : a remission of sins pronounced by a priest (as in the sacrament of reconciliation)
Examples of absolution in a sentence
He asked the priest to give him absolution for his sins.
<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>
Did You Know?
Since the Latin absolutus meant "set free", it's easy to see how absolution came to mean "set free from sin". (And also easy to see why absolute means basically "pure"—that is, originally, "free of sin".) The verb for absolution is absolve. Just as a priest absolves believers of their sins, you may absolve your brother of blame for a household disaster, or you yourself may in time be absolved for that scrape on the car backing out of a parking space.
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