- a general pardon for offenses, especially political offenses, against a government, often granted before any trial or conviction.
- Law. an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole.
- a forgetting or overlooking of any past offense.
- to grant amnesty to; pardon.
Origin of amnesty
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Examples from the Web for amnestied
Serdykuov was quietly “amnestied” last week, amidst the global fixation on events in Ukraine.Moscow’s Long, Corrupt Money Trail
March 22, 2014
His Excellency here has been so very recently amnestied by the Prince, that he imagines he is still at war with us.'Midst the Wild Carpathians
They were now amnestied, and three months later, March 8, they were admitted to their seats.Lectures on the French Revolution
John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
When the partial amnesty was granted, all Irish people rushed forward to help the amnestied.History of the Commune of 1871
They would clearly come within the fourteenth amendment unless they have been amnestied by the statute of limitations.The Army Mule and Other War Sketches
Henry A. Castle
Most of those sentenced to imprisonment from such trials have been amnestied, the largest group in 1964.Area Handbook for Romania
Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
- a general pardon, esp for offences against a government
- a period during which a law is suspended to allow offenders to admit their crime without fear of prosecution
- law a pardon granted by the Crown or Executive and effected by statute
- (tr) to overlook or forget (an offence)
Word Origin and History for amnestied
"pardon of past offenses," 1570s, from French amnestie "intentional overlooking," from Latin amnestia, from Greek amnestia "forgetfulness (of wrong); an amnesty," from a-, privative prefix, "not" (see a- (3)), + mnestis "remembrance," related to mnaomai "I remember" (see mind (n.)). As a verb, from 1809. Amnesty International founded 1961 as Appeal for Amnesty. The name was changed 1963.