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  1. a person who pardons.
  2. (during the Middle Ages) an ecclesiastical official authorized to sell indulgences.
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Origin of pardoner

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at pardon, -er1
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Examples from the Web for pardoner

Historical Examples

  • Death the liberator, the deliverer, the pardoner, the peace-maker!

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • In 1562 the Council of Trent abolished the office of “pardoner.”

  • Here follows, at considerable length, the adventure of the Pardoner.

  • The Pardoner has fallen unconsciously into his professional manner.

    Chaucer and His Times

    Grace E. Hadow

  • It is not in the least such a tale as the pilgrims expect from the Pardoner.

    Chaucer and His Times

    Grace E. Hadow

British Dictionary definitions for pardoner


  1. (before the Reformation) a person licensed to sell ecclesiastical indulgences
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Word Origin and History for pardoner


"man licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences," mid-14c., agent noun from pardon (v.).

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