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[pahr-dn-er] /ˈpɑr dn ər/
a person who pardons.
(during the Middle Ages) an ecclesiastical official authorized to sell indulgences.
Origin of pardoner
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at pardon, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The pardoner has fallen unconsciously into his professional manner.

    Chaucer and His Times Grace E. Hadow
  • Death the liberator, the deliverer, the pardoner, the peace-maker!

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The pardoner is of higher intelligence, and while we condemn him we recognise his ability.

    Chaucer and His Times Grace E. Hadow
  • Here follows, at considerable length, the adventure of the pardoner.

  • The pardoner is ready enough to oblige, as soon as he has called at the inn they are passing and has eaten and drunk.

    Chaucer and His Times Grace E. Hadow
  • Having got well into his stride, the pardoner passes on to the promised tale.

    Chaucer and His Times Grace E. Hadow
  • Here is the pardoner jesting with the merry Wife of Bath, with his finger on his lips to keep their scandal private.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • It is not in the least such a tale as the pilgrims expect from the pardoner.

    Chaucer and His Times Grace E. Hadow
  • But they get the worst of it altogether; so that they gladly come to terms, allowing the pardoner and Friar quietly to depart.

  • We have a personal interest in Lady Meed and in the pardoner, but we care little about classes and types.

British Dictionary definitions for pardoner


(before the Reformation) a person licensed to sell ecclesiastical indulgences
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pardoner

"man licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences," mid-14c., agent noun from pardon (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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