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absolution

[ab-suh-loo-shuh n] /ˌæb səˈlu ʃən/
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.
  1. 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.
  2. the formula declaring such remission.
4.
Protestant Theology. a declaration or assurance of divine forgiveness to penitent believers, made after confession of sins.
Origin of absolution
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English absolucion < Latin absolūtiōn- (stem of absolūtiō) acquittal. See absolute, -ion
Related forms
nonabsolution, noun
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  • Come, my dear joy; I vill secure your body and your shoul too; I vill make you a good catholic, and give you an absolution.

    The Beaux-Stratagem George Farquhar
  • Special assurance of forgiveness is also given in Confession and absolution.

  • In my room I gave many dying persons the absolution; among them a tailor, who was shot down at my side.

  • To the priest who gave her absolution she said, "I am dying because I listened to and believed the demon."

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Leonardus, after confession and absolution had been regularly gone through, administered the last unction.

    The Devil's Elixir E. T. A. Hoffmann
British Dictionary definitions for absolution

absolution

/ˌæbsəˈluːʃən/
noun
1.
the act of absolving or the state of being absolved; release from guilt, obligation, or punishment
2.
(Christianity)
  1. a formal remission of sin pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
  2. the prescribed form of words granting such a remission
Derived Forms
absolutory (æbˈsɒljʊtərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C12: from Latin absolūtiōn- acquittal, forgiveness of sins, from absolvere to absolve
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Word Origin and History for absolution
n.

"remission, forgiveness," c.1200, from Old French absolucion, earlier assolucion, from Latin absolutionem (nominative absolutio) "completion, acquittal," noun of action from past participle stem of absolvere "to absolve" (see absolve). Originally of sins; in general use from c.1400.

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