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absolution


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Absolution  \Ab`so*lu"tion\,  n.  [F.  absolution,  L.  absolutio,  fr 
  absolvere  to  absolve.  See  {Absolve}.] 
  1.  An  absolving,  or  setting  free  from  guilt,  sin,  or  penalty; 
  forgiveness  of  an  offense.  ``Government  .  .  .  granting 
  absolution  to  the  nation.''  --Froude. 
 
  2.  (Civil  Law)  An  acquittal,  or  sentence  of  a  judge  declaring 
  and  accused  person  innocent.  [Obs.] 
 
  3.  (R.  C.  Ch.)  The  exercise  of  priestly  jurisdiction  in  the 
  sacrament  of  penance,  by  which  Catholics  believe  the  sins 
  of  the  truly  penitent  are  forgiven. 
 
  Note:  In  the  English  and  other  Protestant  churches,  this  act 
  regarded  as  simply  declaratory,  not  as  imparting 
  forgiveness. 
 
  4.  (Eccl.)  An  absolving  from  ecclesiastical  penalties,  --  for 
  example,  excommunication.  --P.  Cyc. 
 
  5.  The  form  of  words  by  which  a  penitent  is  absolved. 
  --Shipley. 
 
  6.  Delivery,  in  speech.  [Obs.]  --B.  Jonson 
 
  {Absolution  day}  (R.  C.  Ch.),  Tuesday  before  Easter. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  absolution 
  n  :  formal  redemption  as  pronounced  by  a  priest  in  the  sacrament 
  of  penance  [syn:  {remission},  {remission  of  sin}] 




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