pardoner

noun
par·​don·​er | \ ˈpärd-nər How to pronounce pardoner (audio) , ˈpär-dᵊn-ər \

Definition of pardoner

1 : a medieval preacher delegated to raise money for religious works by soliciting offerings and granting indulgences
2 : one that pardons

Examples of pardoner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Dissecting the College Scandal," 12 Feb. 2019 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, "Dissecting the College Scandal," 12 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of pardoner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pardoner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pardoner. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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