Definition of absolution in English:


Syllabification: ab·so·lu·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌabsəˈlo͞oSHən


  • 1Formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment.
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    • A review of some of the most noteworthy pardons in American history reveals a colorful assortment of Presidential absolutions.
    • They don't need sympathy; they need absolutions.
    • The apologies and absolutions at the end of the movie were rather trite and underdone.
    forgiveness, pardon, exoneration, remission, dispensation, indulgence, clemency, mercy; discharge, acquittal; freedom, deliverance, release; vindication
    formal exculpation
    archaic shrift
  • 1.1An ecclesiastical declaration of forgiveness of sins: the priest administered absolution
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    • After all, a priest doesn't provide absolution for sins about to be committed.
    • In time the French Crusaders received papal absolution for their part in the business at Zara, but the Venetians did not.
    • The Friar gives absolution for sins in exchange for money and flirts with the prettiest wives.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin absolutio(n-), from the verb absolvere (see absolve).

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