- 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.
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.
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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.The GOP's New Race Card
March 18, 2010
Like Gingrich, he is a convert and a thrice-married sinner engaged continually in confession and absolution.Is Newt Preparing for a 2012 Run?
March 29, 2009
Special assurance of forgiveness is also given in Confession and Absolution.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
To the priest who gave her absolution she said, "I am dying because I listened to and believed the demon."My Double Life
And as yet I had received no absolution for the mortal offences I had committed at Piacenza.The Strolling Saint
After Fra Antonio's brave attempt at absolution, the woman had fainted.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
He burrowed deep, deep, in the hope of my absolution, which would have been of no good to him.Lord Jim
- 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
Word Origin and History 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.