Simple Definition of amnesty
: a decision that a group of people will not be punished or that a group of prisoners will be allowed to go free
Full Definition of amnesty
: the act of an authority (as a government) by which pardon is granted to a large group of individuals
Examples of amnesty
The government gave amnesty to all political prisoners.
Illegal immigrants who came into the country before 1982 were granted amnesty.
Origin of amnesty
Greek amnēstia forgetfulness, from amnēstos forgotten, from a- + mnasthai to remember — more at mind
First Known Use: 1580
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