Definition of Absolution

1. Noun. The condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance.

Generic synonyms: Condition, Status
Derivative terms: Absolve



2. Noun. The act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance.
Exact synonyms: Remission, Remission Of Sin, Remittal
Generic synonyms: Redemption, Salvation
Specialized synonyms: Indulgence
Group relationships: Penance
Derivative terms: Absolve

Definition of Absolution

1. n. An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense.

Definition of Absolution

1. Noun. An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense. ¹

2. Noun. (context: Civil Law obsolete) An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring an accused person innocent. ¹

3. Noun. (context: Roman Catholic Church) The exercise of priestly jurisdiction in the sacrament of penance, by which Catholics believe the sins of the truly penitent are forgiven. ¹

4. Noun. (context: ecclesiastical) An absolving from ecclesiastical penalties, -- for example, excommunication. ¹

5. Noun. The form of words by which a penitent is absolved. ¹

6. Noun. (context: obsolete) Delivery, in speech. - Ben Jonson ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Absolution

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Absolution

1. 1. An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense. "Government . . . Granting absolution to the nation." 2. An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring and accused person innocent. 3. The exercise of priestly jurisdiction in the sacrament of penance, by which Catholics believe the sins of the truly penitent are forgiven. In the English and other Protestant churches, this act regarded as simply declaratory, not as imparting forgiveness. 4. An absolving from ecclesiastical penalties, for example, excommunication. 5. The form of words by which a penitent is absolved. 6. Delivery, in speech. Absolution day, Tuesday before Easter. Origin: F. Absolution, L. Absolutio, fr. Absolvere to absolve. See Absolve. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Absolution

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1. The English Review (1849)
"An Inquiry into the Doctrine of the Church of England upon absolution. ... The Ministry of the Word for absolution, according to the Doctrine of the Church ..."

2. A History of Auricular Confession and Indulgences in the Latin Church by Henry Charles Lea (1896)
"recent work asserts that "the absolution of the priest will be just as valid, just as powerful as the absolution of Jesus Christ himself. ..."

3. A History of the Inquisition of Spain by Henry Charles Lea (1907)
"Alexander VII, in 1665, had only gone so far as to condemn the proposition that this absolution relieved her from the obligation of denouncing her seducer— ..."

4. A Theological Dictionary: Containing Definitions of All Religious Terms; a by Charles Buck (1830)
"It is taken also for that art whereby the priest declares the gins of such as are penitent remitted. The Romanists hold absolution a part of the sacrament ..."

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