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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
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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
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.
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.
34) Perhaps pamphlets such as The Life were commissioned and circulated by the same means, with the institutions gaining the donations of new pilgrims and the regional agents and their pardoners the profit on the pamphlets themselves.
The author demonstrates that pardoners and clergy did not dupe ignorant and superstitious laity into spending money on worthless pardons.
In England, many of us first meet pardoners and their wares via the English National Curriculum.
Other careers, hobbies, the biggest spenders and pardoners, and relatives alike receive note in a lively format of key people, places and events perfect for any trivia buff or student of presidential history--and many a leisure reader.
As the vast number of documents aimed at censoring their abuses and disciplining their practices demonstrate, pardoners had been the black sheep of the Church since the Middle Ages.
He's in the England squad, and the Pardoners at the FA appear to have drawn a line under his less than humble behaviour during the court hearing over his alleged involvement in an assault.
If the euro currency becomes established, then Rome and Paris will no longer be able to play the same roles as pardoners as they have in the past.