- a person who pardons.
- (during the Middle Ages) an ecclesiastical official authorized to sell indulgences.
Origin of pardoner
Examples from the Web for pardoner
Historical Examples of pardoner
Death the liberator, the deliverer, the pardoner, the peace-maker!The Manxman
In 1562 the Council of Trent abolished the office of “pardoner.”
Here follows, at considerable length, the adventure of the Pardoner.Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)
The Pardoner has fallen unconsciously into his professional manner.
It is not in the least such a tale as the pilgrims expect from the Pardoner.
- (before the Reformation) a person licensed to sell ecclesiastical indulgences
"man licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences," mid-14c., agent noun from pardon (v.).