[ ab-suh-loo-shuhn ]
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  1. act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release from consequences, obligations, or penalties.

  2. state of being absolved.

  1. 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.

  2. Protestant Theology. a declaration or assurance of divine forgiveness to penitent believers, made after confession of sins.

Origin of absolution

1175–1225; Middle English absolucion<Latin absolūtiōn- (stem of absolūtiō) acquittal. See absolute, -ion

Other words from absolution

  • non·ab·so·lu·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for absolution


/ (ˌæbsəˈluːʃən) /

  1. the act of absolving or the state of being absolved; release from guilt, obligation, or punishment

  2. Christianity

    • a formal remission of sin pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance

    • the prescribed form of words granting such a remission

Origin of absolution

C12: from Latin absolūtiōn- acquittal, forgiveness of sins, from absolvere to absolve

Derived forms of absolution

  • absolutory (æbˈsɒljʊtərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

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