Definition of absolution in English:

absolution

noun

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

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