Definition of absolution in English:


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


[mass noun]
1Formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment: absolution from the sentence
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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, pardoning, exoneration, remission, dispensation, indulgence, purgation, clemency, mercy;
pardon, reprieve, discharge, amnesty, delivery, acquittal, clearing;
freedom, liberation, deliverance, release;
informal let-off, letting off
archaic shrift, 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.


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

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