amnesty

[am-nuh-stee]
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noun, plural am·nes·ties.
  1. a general pardon for offenses, especially political offenses, against a government, often granted before any trial or conviction.
  2. Law. an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole.
  3. a forgetting or overlooking of any past offense.
verb (used with object), am·nes·tied, am·nes·ty·ing.
  1. to grant amnesty to; pardon.

Origin of amnesty

1570–80; (< Middle French amnestie) < Greek amnēstía oblivion, equivalent to ámnēst(os) forgetting (a- a-6 + mnēs- remember + -tos verbal adjective suffix) + -ia -y3

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1. See pardon.
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Examples from the Web for amnestied

Contemporary Examples of amnestied

Historical Examples of amnestied

  • His Excellency here has been so very recently amnestied by the Prince, that he imagines he is still at war with us.

  • They were now amnestied, and three months later, March 8, they were admitted to their seats.

    Lectures on the French Revolution

    John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

  • When the partial amnesty was granted, all Irish people rushed forward to help the amnestied.

  • They would clearly come within the fourteenth amendment unless they have been amnestied by the statute of limitations.

  • Most of those sentenced to imprisonment from such trials have been amnestied, the largest group in 1964.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole


British Dictionary definitions for amnestied

amnesty

noun plural -ties
  1. a general pardon, esp for offences against a government
  2. a period during which a law is suspended to allow offenders to admit their crime without fear of prosecution
  3. law a pardon granted by the Crown or Executive and effected by statute
verb -ties, -tying or -tied
  1. (tr) to overlook or forget (an offence)

Word Origin for amnesty

C16: from Latin amnēstia, from Greek: oblivion, from amnēstos forgetting, from a- 1 + -mnēstos, from mnasthai to remember
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Word Origin and History for amnestied

amnesty

n.

"pardon of past offenses," 1570s, from French amnestie "intentional overlooking," from Latin amnestia, from Greek amnestia "forgetfulness (of wrong); an amnesty," from a-, privative prefix, "not" (see a- (3)), + mnestis "remembrance," related to mnaomai "I remember" (see mind (n.)). As a verb, from 1809. Amnesty International founded 1961 as Appeal for Amnesty. The name was changed 1963.

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