plenary indulgence


: a remission of the entire temporal punishment for sin

Examples of plenary indulgence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Roman Catholics who take part in the pilgrimage, walking it during a Jubilee Year gives them the chance to receive the plenary indulgence, which grants them the full remission of the temporal punishment for their sins., 5 June 2021 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, 27 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plenary indulgence was in 1625

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“Plenary indulgence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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