par·​don·​er ˈpärd-nər How to pronounce pardoner (audio)
: a medieval preacher delegated to raise money for religious works by soliciting offerings and granting indulgences
: one that pardons

Examples of pardoner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The parson, the pardoner, and friar join in for the fun as well telling their tales. Shirley MacFarland, cleveland, 21 Oct. 2022 Yet in exposing private incidents, the public pushes itself into the position of pardoner or political executioner, taking that power away from the victims. WSJ, 12 Feb. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pardoner was in the 14th century

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“Pardoner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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