Definition of absolution in English:

absolution

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment:

    ‘absolution from the sentence’
    • ‘Here you have the prime virtue of being a born-again politician: automatic absolution from responsibility for inflicting even more deprivation on the weakest in society.’
    • ‘It has been suggested that the only way to face the guilt after a serious error is through confession, restitution, and absolution.’
    • ‘Bianca can't make it better for you, either: shame on you for even trying to get absolution from her.’
    • ‘I can identify with the possible need for confession, restitution, and absolution, or at least resolution.’
    • ‘This has given them an absolution from political responsibility and toil.’
    • ‘The broken tales and their disembodied inhabitants are too sketchy and isolated to incite empathy, and the theme of guilt and absolution has little plot and character for support, so the whole thing feels trifling and weak.’
    • ‘Or is this his absolution from making ‘serious’ pictures?’
    • ‘So I seek absolution from my wicked thoughts, and I promise to be calm and serene from now on.’
    • ‘I always feel that when people ask this question or try to seek justification for having an affair, they are, at some level, seeking absolution from others.’
    • ‘They don't need sympathy; they need absolutions.’
    • ‘We must accompany our people from a place of guilt to absolution, fear to repentance, shame to sacrifice.’
    • ‘Clearly, the state now both sanctioned murder and offered absolution from guilt for the perpetrators.’
    • ‘The apologies and absolutions at the end of the movie were rather trite and underdone.’
    • ‘This predisposes us to believe the worst of ourselves and others, and to seek, not a resolution to problems, but an absolution from sin.’
    • ‘While faith can act like a shock absorber during grief and provide you with an eternal perspective as you struggle to make sense of your life, it does not offer immunity from sorrow or absolution from questioning what you believe.’
    • ‘The sun refuses to differentiate among them, grants a kind of absolution from individual frailties.’
    • ‘I think they each wanted some nod of blessing and assurance; wanted absolution from Mary so they could go back to having a good time.’
    • ‘When, after an absence of eight years, he attempts to heal the rift with his three daughters, each girl demands a different absolution from him.’
    • ‘Sam was asking for forgiveness and wanted absolution from Ian.’
    • ‘A review of some of the most noteworthy pardons in American history reveals a colorful assortment of Presidential absolutions.’
    forgiveness, pardoning, exoneration, remission, dispensation, indulgence, purgation, clemency, mercy
    pardon, reprieve, discharge, amnesty, delivery, acquittal, clearing
    freedom, liberation, deliverance, release
    condoning, vindication, exculpation
    let-off, letting off
    shrift, shriving
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    1. 1.1 Ecclesiastical declaration that a person's sins have been forgiven:
      ‘she had been granted absolution for her sins’
      • ‘In September 1585, Henry received absolution from the pope, Clement VIII and Mayenne submitted to the king in October 1595.’
      • ‘Through our open admission of our sins, the priest's absolution, and the acts of penance, we can know God's healing.’
      • ‘Using an excellent anecdotal storytelling style, Forest goes on to portray the concepts of sin, confession, forgiveness, and absolution and includes actual confessions sent to him.’
      • ‘Furthermore, annual confession had been made obligatory in 1215 at the Fourth Lateran Council so that a priest had an opportunity to talk privately to the penitents and to correct errors as well as giving them absolution for their sins.’
      • ‘I didn't want just absolution, I wanted advice, and I knew I wouldn't get it in my parish in Dehradun.’
      • ‘Holding a separate service just for confession and absolution before a service of communion is an old practice for Lutherans.’
      • ‘When Gregory heard that Frederick had gone on Crusade anyway, he promptly excommunicated the Emperor a second time, for setting out without having received absolution for the first sentence.’
      • ‘After all, a priest doesn't provide absolution for sins about to be committed.’
      • ‘Connected to the Taoist tradition, followers honor the dead on this day, when the earth god is said to give absolution for the sins of the dead.’
      • ‘Catholic priests, [CBCP secretary general Hernando Coronel] added, are prohibited from granting absolution for a confessant's sins using text messaging, e-mail or by faxing the absolutions to the confessant.’
      • ‘This process involves confession to a priest, acts of contrition, receiving absolution, and performing works of satisfaction.’
      • ‘They favored the use of general absolution and found that the practice of private confession encouraged scrupulosity.’
      • ‘These should include the Lord's Prayer, a confession and absolution, a short reading from the Gospels with a request to our Lord for his help, and an invocation of the Holy Spirit.’
      • ‘On Maundy Thursday, these same Christians will receive absolution.’
      • ‘In time the French Crusaders received papal absolution for their part in the business at Zara, but the Venetians did not.’
      • ‘The priest would hear confessions and give absolution for sins.’
      • ‘The Friar gives absolution for sins in exchange for money and flirts with the prettiest wives.’
      • ‘But the priest patiently heard my confession, gave me absolution, and then zipped out to continue his busy day.’
      • ‘When we look honestly at the facts, we see that there is no liturgical, theological, pastoral, or canonical reason that would keep the bishops from granting permission for the use of general absolution.’
      • ‘What might a priest's absolution mean in such circumstances?’
      forgiveness, pardoning, exoneration, exculpation
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin absolutio(n-), from the verb absolvere (see absolve).

Pronunciation:

absolution

/absəˈluːʃ(ə)n/