Definition of absolution in US English:

absolution

noun

  • 1Formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They don't need sympathy; they need absolutions.’
    • ‘Clearly, the state now both sanctioned murder and offered absolution from guilt for the perpetrators.’
    • ‘I can identify with the possible need for confession, restitution, and absolution, or at least resolution.’
    • ‘We must accompany our people from a place of guilt to absolution, fear to repentance, shame to sacrifice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has been suggested that the only way to face the guilt after a serious error is through confession, restitution, and absolution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A review of some of the most noteworthy pardons in American history reveals a colorful assortment of Presidential absolutions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The apologies and absolutions at the end of the movie were rather trite and underdone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sam was asking for forgiveness and wanted absolution from Ian.’
    • ‘This predisposes us to believe the worst of ourselves and others, and to seek, not a resolution to problems, but an absolution from sin.’
    • ‘Bianca can't make it better for you, either: shame on you for even trying to get absolution from her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This has given them an absolution from political responsibility and toil.’
    forgiveness, pardoning, exoneration, remission, dispensation, indulgence, purgation, clemency, mercy
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    1. 1.1 An ecclesiastical declaration of forgiveness of sins.
      ‘the priest administered absolution’
      • ‘In time the French Crusaders received papal absolution for their part in the business at Zara, but the Venetians did not.’
      • ‘Through our open admission of our sins, the priest's absolution, and the acts of penance, we can know God's healing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In September 1585, Henry received absolution from the pope, Clement VIII and Mayenne submitted to the king in October 1595.’
      • ‘After all, a priest doesn't provide absolution for sins about to be committed.’
      • ‘What might a priest's absolution mean in such circumstances?’
      • ‘The Friar gives absolution for sins in exchange for money and flirts with the prettiest wives.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They favored the use of general absolution and found that the practice of private confession encouraged scrupulosity.’
      • ‘But the priest patiently heard my confession, gave me absolution, and then zipped out to continue his busy day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Holding a separate service just for confession and absolution before a service of communion is an old practice for Lutherans.’
      • ‘The priest would hear confessions and give absolution for sins.’
      • ‘I didn't want just absolution, I wanted advice, and I knew I wouldn't get it in my parish in Dehradun.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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

/ˌabsəˈl(y)o͞oSH(ə)n//ˌæbsəˈl(j)uʃ(ə)n/