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absolution Line breaks: ab¦so|lu¦tion
Pronunciation: /absəˈluːʃ(ə)n/

Definition of absolution in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment: absolution from the sentence
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
forgiveness, pardoning, exoneration, remission, dispensation, indulgence, purgation, clemency, mercy;
pardon, reprieve, discharge, amnesty, delivery, acquittal, clearing;
freedom, liberation, deliverance, release;
archaicshrift, shriving
1.1Ecclesiastical declaration that a person’s sins have been forgiven: she had been granted absolution for her sins
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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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with absolution

ablution, allocution, attribution, circumlocution, circumvolution, Confucian, constitution, contribution, convolution, counter-revolution, destitution, dilution, diminution, distribution, electrocution, elocution, evolution, execution, institution, interlocution, irresolution, Lilliputian, locution, perlocution, persecution, pollution, prosecution, prostitution, restitution, retribution, Rosicrucian, solution, substitution, volution

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