American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of absolving or the state of being absolved.
- n. The formal remission of sin imparted by a priest, as in the sacrament of penance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of absolving, or the state of being absolved; release from consequences, obligations, or penalties; specifically, release from the penal consequences of sin.
- n. According to Roman Catholic theology, a remission of sin, which the priest, on the ground of authority received from Christ, makes in the sacrament of penance (which see). “It is not a mere announcement of the gospel, or a bare declaration that God will pardon the sins of those who repent, but, as the Council of Trent defines it, is a judicial act by which a priest as judge passes a sentence on the penitent.” Cath. Dict.
- n. According to Prot. theol., a sacerdotal declaration assuring the penitent of divine forgiveness on the ground of his repentance and faith. In the Roman Catholic Church the priest pronounces the absolution in his own name: “I absolve thee.” In Protestant communions that use a form of absolution, and in the Greek Church, it is pronounced in the name of God and as a prayer: “God [or Christ] absolve thee.”
- n. Abolition; abolishment.
- n. In civil law, a sentence declaring an accused person to be innocent of the crime laid to his charge.
- n. this sense?) (obsolete) Delivery, in speech.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense.
- n. (Civil Law), obsolete An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring and accused person innocent.
- n. (R. C. Ch.) The exercise of priestly jurisdiction in the sacrament of penance, by which Catholics believe the sins of the truly penitent are forgiven.
- n. (Eccl.) An absolving from ecclesiastical penalties, -- for example, excommunication.
- n. The form of words by which a penitent is absolved.
- n. obsolete Delivery, in speech.
- n. the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance
- n. the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin absolūtiō, acquittal, from absolūtus, past participle of absolvere, to absolve; see absolute. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thus Obama has become the white liberals 'Christ, offering absolution from the Sin of Being White.”
“And the thing about absolution is you have to earn it.”
“Nor do I mean someone I must find to gain absolution from sin.”
“I confessed, that I might obtain absolution; but now that falsehood lies heavier at my heart than all my other sins.”
“And one day a week comes the priest, and that day me and my sister wasn't allowed to enter the dinin'-room all the mornin ', where the breakfast things was and where the priest was what he useter call confessin' the young ladies of their sins and givin ''em what he called absolution, summat like that, for all they'd been doin' wrong since last time.”
“In 1593, the gates of Paris were opened to him; and when, in 1595, he obtained absolution from the Pope on condition of proclaiming the Council of Trent in France, the last remnant of the League was reconciled to him, and the religious wars were at an end.”
“This white stone is absolution from the guilt of sin, alluding to the ancient custom of giving a white stone to those acquitted on trial and a black stone to those condemned.”
“The residents of Avignon had been invaded by hostile violence: at the head of thirty thousand robbers, a hero had extorted ransom and absolution from the vicar of Christ and the sacred college; and the maxim of the French warriors, to spare the people and plunder the church, was a new heresy of the most dangerous import.”
“The young man, no longer able to cover all his shortcomings with a dress-coat, and to obtain absolution for every offense by the simple penance of paying for it, unable really to do much that was wrong for lack of the old opportunity and the old incentive, constantly helped and inspired by the friendly presence of honest and earnest womanhood, would have all the force of natural law to lift him up instead of pulling him heavily downward, as it does now.”
“Or is she just seeking absolution from the consequences that she played a part in bringing about, because it’s all really John McCain’s fault?”
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