Absolution

Definition of Absolution

Ab`so`lu´tion
n.1.An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense.
2.(Civil Law) An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring and accused person innocent.
3.(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.
4.(Eccl.) An absolving from ecclesiastical penalties, - for example, excommunication.
5.The form of words by which a penitent is absolved.
6.Delivery, in speech.
Absolution day
(R. C. Ch.) Tuesday before Easter.

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acquittance, clearance, clearing, compurgation, condonation, destigmatization, destigmatizing, discharge, disculpation, dismissal, exculpation, excuse, exemption, exoneration, grace, immunity, indemnity, purgation, purging, quietus, quittance, redemption, release, remission, remission of sin, reprieve, shrift, sparing, verdict of acquittal, vindication
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