Definition of pardoner in English:
A person licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences.
- Basically if you knew that you had sinned you would wait until a pardoner was in your region selling an indulgence and purchase one as the pope, being God's representative on Earth, would forgive your sins and you would be pardoned.
- There's a prim prioress, a pardoner in shabby green velvet, an enigmatic woman in fur-trimmed crimson.
- Although the custom has since curtailed, in Chaucer's time it was common for pardoners - dealers in pardons - to travel the countryside peddling their ‘wares’.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French.
Definition of pardoner in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia