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Pronunciation:  `absu'looshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
  2. [n]  the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance

ABSOLUTION is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: remission, remission of sin, remittal
 See Also: condition, penance, redemption, salvation, status



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ab`so*lu"tion\, n. [F. absolution, L. absolutio, fr.
absolvere to absolve. See {Absolve}.]
1. An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty;
   forgiveness of an offense. ``Government . . . granting
   absolution to the nation.'' --Froude.

2. (Civil Law) An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring
   and accused person innocent. [Obs.]

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.

Note: In the English and other Protestant churches, this act
      regarded as simply declaratory, not as imparting

4. (Eccl.) An absolving from ecclesiastical penalties, -- for
   example, excommunication. --P. Cyc.

5. The form of words by which a penitent is absolved.

6. Delivery, in speech. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

{Absolution day} (R. C. Ch.), Tuesday before Easter.

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