absolution

[ab-suh-loo-shuhn]
noun
1.
act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release from consequences, obligations, or penalties.
2.
state of being absolved.
3.
Roman Catholic Theology.
a.
a remission of sin or of the punishment for sin, made by a priest in the sacrament of penance on the ground of authority received from Christ.
b.
the formula declaring such remission.
4.
Protestant Theology. a declaration or assurance of divine forgiveness to penitent believers, made after confession of sins.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English absolucion < Latin absolūtiōn- (stem of absolūtiō) acquittal. See absolute, -ion

nonabsolution, noun
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absolution (ˌæbsəˈluːʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of absolving or the state of being absolved; release from guilt, obligation, or punishment
2.  Christianity
 a.  a formal remission of sin pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
 b.  the prescribed form of words granting such a remission
 
[C12: from Latin absolūtiōn- acquittal, forgiveness of sins, from absolvere to absolve]
 
absolutory
 
adj

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absolution
"remission, forgiveness," c.1200, from L. absolutionem (nom. absolutio), noun of action from absolvere "to absolve" (see absolve).
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Example sentences
Some were already seeking absolution for screwing up the economy.
His absolution in the first case deepened their cynicism about an already suspect judiciary and ignited large protests.
By insisting on his impressive desires, the expert in self-justification was writing out his absolution in advance.
The difference is in who can grant absolution for them.
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