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.
Words that rhyme with pardonergardener, hardener
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