act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release from consequences, obligations, or penalties.
state of being absolved.
Roman Catholic Theology.
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.
Protestant Theology. a declaration or assurance of divine forgiveness to penitent believers, made after confession of sins.
- non·ab·so·lu·tion, noun
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How to use absolution in a sentence
Like many of Schrader’s antiheroes, from Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle to the eco-conscious Pastor Ernst Toller of First Reformed, William is a haunted diarist in search of absolution.‘The Card Counter’ Asks Whether an Abu Ghraib Torturer Is Worthy of a Second Chance | Marlow Stern | September 2, 2021 | The Daily Beast
The full 108 takes most pilgrims about four full days, a relatively small fee for absolute absolution.
Then he threw in one that seemed to me an odd item for which to seek absolution: technological innovation.Millennials Have A Lot of Problems, But Tech Isn't One | Kristen Soltis Anderson | May 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
When I was writing absolution, I knew almost no other writers of fiction, and felt a distinct lack of community.
“Well, mistakes is humant,” sighed Sol, taking advantage of that universal absolution.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
In the course of time, absolution for the sacrilege was obtained from the Pope; but my father could never obtain it from himself.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
The friars had power of absolution, independently of the bishop; and it was a bitter grievance.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
During the night he was visited by the Prior of the Dominicans, from whom, having made confession, he received absolution.Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
But the terms of this secret and the conditions of my absolution are peculiar.Legends and Tales | Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for absolution
the act of absolving or the state of being absolved; release from guilt, obligation, or punishment
a formal remission of sin pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
the prescribed form of words granting such a remission
- absolutory (æbˈsɒljʊtərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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