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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Amnesty  \Am"nes*ty\,  n.  [L.  amnestia,  Gr  ?,  a  forgetting,  fr  ? 
  forgotten,  forgetful;  'a  priv.  +  ?  to  remember:  cf  F. 
  amnistie  earlier  amnestie.  See  {Mean},  v.] 
  1.  Forgetfulness;  cessation  of  remembrance  of  wrong 
  oblivion. 
 
  2.  An  act  of  the  sovereign  power  granting  oblivion,  or  a 
  general  pardon,  for  a  past  offense,  as  to  subjects 
  concerned  in  an  insurrection. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Amnesty  \Am"nes*ty\,  v.  t.  [imp.  p.  p.  {Amnestied};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Amnestying}.] 
  To  grant  amnesty  to 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  amnesty 
  n  1:  a  period  during  which  offenders  are  exempt  from  punishment 
  2:  a  warrant  granting  release  from  punishment  for  an  offense 
  [syn:  {pardon}] 
  3:  the  formal  act  of  liberating  someone  [syn:  {pardon},  {free 
  pardon}] 
  v  :  grant  a  pardon  to  (a  group  of  people) 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  AMNESTY,  n.  The  state's  magnanimity  to  those  offenders  whom  it  would 
  be  too  expensive  to  punish. 
 
 




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