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1. One that pardons: a pardoner of the sins of others.
2. A medieval ecclesiastic or layman authorized to raise money for religious works by granting papal indulgences to contributors.


1. (Roman Catholic Church) (before the Reformation) a person licensed to sell ecclesiastical indulgences
2. (Historical Terms) (before the Reformation) a person licensed to sell ecclesiastical indulgences


(ˈpɑr dn ər)

1. a person who pardons.
2. (during the Middle Ages) an ecclesiastic authorized to sell indulgences.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pardoner - a person who pardons or forgives or excuses a fault or offense
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.pardoner - a medieval cleric who raised money for the church by selling papal indulgences
absolver - someone who grants absolution
churchman, cleric, ecclesiastic, divine - a clergyman or other person in religious orders
References in classic literature ?
No foible is too trifling for Chaucer's quiet observation; while if he does not choose to denounce the hypocrisy of the Pardoner and the worldliness of the Monk, he has made their weaknesses sources of amusement (and indeed object-lessons as well) for all the coming generations.
Then there were such unworthy charlatans as the pardoners and professional pilgrims, traveling everywhere under special privileges and fleecing the credulous of their money with fraudulent relics and preposterous stories of edifying adventure.
Gluttonous wasters' are there, lazy beggars, lying pilgrims, corrupt friars and pardoners, venal lawyers, and, with a lively touch of realistic humour, cooks and their 'knaves' crying, 'Hot pies
He was a much-hated person, and both he and the pardoner were great rogues and cheats and had no love for each other.
He hugs it to him as the devil hugged the pardoner.
FYI, Newfields is where the bear pardoner, Guv Sununu, resides.
His jailer and pardoner, Gloria Arroyo, is now herself under arrest.
Moscow Victory Pardoner this year is going to be one of the largest and most ambitious.
One could consider Chaucer's Pardoner, or his Merchant, characterized for selling "sheeldes" on the "eschaunge," or Langland's "moton of golde," or Mankind's joyous catalogue of coin types and Titivillus' grifty lesson in counterfeiting.
Notable is an essay, "The Pardoner," written around 1955, describing a favorite "confidant" of her childhood and early adulthood: a stuffed animal she named "Monkey," with whom she shared her most intimate feelings.