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[am-nuh-stee] /ˈæm nə sti/
noun, plural amnesties.
a general pardon for offenses, especially political offenses, against a government, often granted before any trial or conviction.
Law. an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole.
a forgetting or overlooking of any past offense.
verb (used with object), amnestied, amnestying.
to grant amnesty to; pardon.
Origin of amnesty
1570-80; (< Middle French amnestie) < Greek amnēstía oblivion, equivalent to ámnēst(os) forgetting (a- a-6 + mnēs- remember + -tos verbal adjective suffix) + -ia -y3
1. See pardon. Unabridged
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  • His Excellency here has been so very recently amnestied by the Prince, that he imagines he is still at war with us.

  • They were now amnestied, and three months later, March 8, they were admitted to their seats.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • Most of those sentenced to imprisonment from such trials have been amnestied, the largest group in 1964.

    Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • They would clearly come within the fourteenth amendment unless they have been amnestied by the statute of limitations.

  • When the partial amnesty was granted, all Irish people rushed forward to help the amnestied.

  • Most of the Fenian prisoners were amnestied before the completion of their full terms.

British Dictionary definitions for amnestied


noun (pl) -ties
a general pardon, esp for offences against a government
a period during which a law is suspended to allow offenders to admit their crime without fear of prosecution
(law) a pardon granted by the Crown or Executive and effected by statute
verb -ties, -tying, -tied
(transitive) to overlook or forget (an offence)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin amnēstia, from Greek: oblivion, from amnēstos forgetting, from a-1 + -mnēstos, from mnasthai to remember
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Word Origin and History for amnestied



"pardon of past offenses," 1570s, from French amnestie "intentional overlooking," from Latin amnestia, from Greek amnestia "forgetfulness (of wrong); an amnesty," from a-, privative prefix, "not" (see a- (3)), + mnestis "remembrance," related to mnaomai "I remember" (see mind (n.)). As a verb, from 1809. Amnesty International founded 1961 as Appeal for Amnesty. The name was changed 1963.

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