a person who pardons.
(during the Middle Ages) an ecclesiastical official authorized to sell indulgences.

Origin of pardoner

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at pardon, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(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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