- a person who pardons.
- (during the Middle Ages) an ecclesiastical official authorized to sell indulgences.
Origin of pardoner
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Examples from the Web for 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
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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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