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ab·so·lu·tion

 (ăb′sə-lo͞o′shən)
n.
1. The act of absolving or the state of being absolved.
2. The formal remission of sin imparted by a priest, as in the sacrament of penance.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin absolūtiō, acquittal, from absolūtus, past participle of absolvere, to absolve; see absolute.]

absolution

(ˌæbsəˈluːʃən)
n
1. the act of absolving or the state of being absolved; release from guilt, obligation, or punishment
2. (Roman Catholic Church) Christianity
a. a formal remission of sin pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
b. the prescribed form of words granting such a remission
[C12: from Latin absolūtiōn- acquittal, forgiveness of sins, from absolvere to absolve]
absolutory adj

ab•so•lu•tion

(ˌæb səˈlu ʃən)

n.
1. the act of absolving; the state of being absolved.
2. a remission of sin or of the punishment for sin, esp. as effected by a priest or bishop in the sacrament of penance.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Latin]
ab•sol′u•to`ry (-ˈsɒl yəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.absolution - the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penanceabsolution - the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
2.absolution - the act of absolving or remittingabsolution - the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
redemption, salvation - (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
indulgence - the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution; "in the Middle Ages the unrestricted sale of indulgences by pardoners became a widespread abuse"
penance - a Catholic sacrament; repentance and confession and atonement and absolution

absolution

absolution

noun
The act or an instance of forgiving:
Translations
حَلَّ مِن، غُفْرَان، مَغْفِره
rozhřešení
syndsforladelsetilgivelse
syndafyrirgefning
rozhrešenie

absolution

[ˌæbsəˈluːʃən] N (Rel) → absolución f
to give absolution to sbdar la absolución a algn, absolver a algn

absolution

[ˌæbsəˈluːʃən] n (= forgiveness) → absolution f
to receive absolution → recevoir l'absolution

absolution

n (Eccl) → Absolution f, → Lossprechung f; to say the absolutiondie Absolution erteilen

absolution

[ˌæbsəˈluːʃn] n (Rel) → assoluzione f

absolve

(əbˈzolv) verb
to make free or release (from a promise, duty or blame). He was absolved of all blame.
absolution (ӕbsəˈluːʃən) noun
forgiveness, especially of sins. The priest granted the man absolution.
References in classic literature ?
without confessing his sins, and receiving that absolution which he knew he had one in the house duly authorized to give him?
But," he added in a despairing tone, "perhaps no one will dare to come for it is known that the Spaniards are ranging through the country, and I shall die without absolution.
To the last Lavalle was a Catholic of the old school, accepting--he who had looked into the very heart of the lightnings--the dogmas of papal infallibility, of absolution, of confession--of relics great and small.
About this time I was sent for to the viceroy's camp to confess a criminal, who, though falsely, was believed a Catholic, to whom, after a proper exhortation, I was going to pronounce the form of absolution, when those that waited to execute him told him aloud that if he expected to save his life by professing himself a Catholic, he would find himself deceived, and that he had nothing to do but prepare himself for death.
I have absolution from our holy father, the pope, in my pocket.
and, finishing the prayer of absolution, the priest blessed him and dismissed him.