noun \ˌab-sə-ˈlü-shən\

: 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

  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>

First Known Use of ABSOLUTION

13th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Christianity, a pronouncement of forgiveness of sins made to a person who has repented. This rite is based on the forgiveness that Jesus extended to sinners during his ministry. In the early church, the priest absolved repentant sinners after they had confessed and performed their penance in public. During the Middle Ages, it became the custom for priests to hear confession and grant absolution privately. In Roman Catholicism penance is a sacrament, and the priest has the power to absolve a contrite sinner who promises to make satisfaction to God. In Protestant churches, the confession of sin is usually made in a formal prayer by the whole congregation, after which the minister announces their absolution.


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