- An absolve, absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense.
- Government ... granting absolution to the nation.
- (context, Civil Law, obsolete) An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declare, declaring an accused person innocent.
- (context, Roman Catholic Church) The exercise of priestly jurisdiction in the sacrament of penance, by which Catholics believe the sin
- Noun, sins of the truly penitent are forgiven.
Etymology: 12th Century French absolution, Latin absolutio (accusative absolÅtiÅnem) (acquittal), from absolvere to absolve. See Absolve.
- Note: In the English and other Protestant churches, this act regarded as simply declaratory, not as imparting forgiveness.
- (ecclesiastical) An absolving from ecclesiastical penalty, penalties, -- for example, excommunication.
- The form of words by which a penitent is absolved.
- (obsolete) Delivery, in speech. - w:Ben Jonson, B. Jonson
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