plenary indulgence


Definition of plenary indulgence

: a remission of the entire temporal punishment for sin

Examples of plenary indulgence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ceremony, which took place at 6 p.m. Rome time (noon, 1 p.m. ET), concluded with Francis granting plenary indulgences, which are spiritual pardons, to the infected, those in quarantine, as well as family members, health care workers and more. Mark Heim |, al, "Watch Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi blessing, grant plenary indulgences to those impacted by COVID-19," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of plenary indulgence

1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Plenary indulgence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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