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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
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English absolucion < Latin absolūtiōn- (stem of absolūtiō) acquittal. See absolute, -ion
Related forms
nonabsolution, noun
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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 nonabsolution

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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