- a remission of sin or of the punishment for sin, made by a priest in the sacrament of penance on the ground of authority received from Christ.
- the formula declaring such remission.
- absolute value,
- absolute viscosity,
- absolute zero,
- absolutely convergent,
Origin of absolution
Examples from the Web for absolution
Revising the second novel, Fallen Land, after the reviews were out for Absolution made it a much less overwhelming process.
What drew you to South Africa as the setting for Absolution?
My agent suggested I try to have a completed draft of a second novel before Absolution was published.
Their candidacies offer a degree of absolution for this uncomfortable fact.
Like Gingrich, he is a convert and a thrice-married sinner engaged continually in confession and absolution.
Meeting her mood, though both their hearts were heavy, he answered, There is no need of absolution where there is no sin.Meg, of Valencia|Myra Williams Jarrell
One day, recovering from loss of consciousness, he asked Pere Tellier to give him absolution for all his sins.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete|Duc de Saint-Simon
Laurence is trusty, and will carry it—and we'll get the bishop's—or, if need be, the Pope's leave for him to give you absolution.J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 2|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
He read in her eyes and flushed face a forgiveness, an absolution.Gargoyles|Ben Hecht
In my room I gave many dying persons the absolution; among them a tailor, who was shot down at my side.
- a formal remission of sin pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
- the prescribed form of words granting such a remission
Word Origin for absolution
"remission, forgiveness," c.1200, from Old French absolucion, earlier assolucion, from Latin absolutionem (nominative absolutio) "completion, acquittal," noun of action from past participle stem of absolvere "to absolve" (see absolve). Originally of sins; in general use from c.1400.