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absolution (n.)

"remission, forgiveness," c. 1200, from Old French absolucion, earlier assolucion, from Latin absolutionem (nominative absolutio) "completion, acquittal," noun of action from past-participle stem of absolvere "set free, loosen, acquit," from ab "off, away from" (see ab-) + solvere "to loosen, dissolve; untie, release; dismiss," from PIE *se-lu-, from reflexive pronoun *s(w)e- (see idiom) + root *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart." Originally of sins; in general use from c. 1400.

Origin and meaning of absolution

updated on October 13, 2021

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Definitions of absolution from WordNet

absolution (n.)
the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance;
absolution (n.)
the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance;
Synonyms: remission / remittal / remission of sin
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