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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He heard confessions of sins by his parishioners and gave absolution as he saw fit, enjoining a suitable penance.
▪ And, despite what he answered, Pope Leo gave him absolution.
▪ And, despite what he answered, Pope Leo gave him absolution.
▪ Classical philosophers refer to them with contempt, as peddlers of absolution for a modest fee.
▪ Does this mean that absolution by the patient is ineffective in relieving the doctor of his duty?
▪ He watched them awhile, and then, temporarily, he granted his own absolution.
▪ I do not offer Brock absolution.
▪ Its promise of absolution moved her to believe that her most private, unshared agonies might be lifted.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Absolution \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.''

  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 forgiveness.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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 "to absolve" (see absolve). Originally of sins; in general use from c.1400.


n. 1 (context ecclesiastical English) An absolving of sins from ecclesiastical penalty by an authority. (First attested around 1150 to 1350.)(R:SOED5: page=9) 2 Forgiveness of sins, in a general sense. (First attested around 1150 to 1350.) 3 The form of words by which a penitent is absolved. (First attested around 1350 to 1470.) 4 An absolve, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense. (First attested around 1350 to 1470.) 5 (context civil legal obsolete English) An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declare an accused person innocent. (First attested in the early 17th century.) 6 (context obsolete English) Delivery, in speech.

  1. n. the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance

  2. the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance [syn: remission, remittal, remission of sin]

Absolution (album)

Absolution is the third studio album by English alternative rock band Muse. It was released on 15 September 2003 in Japan, 22 September 2003 in the United Kingdom by East West Records and Taste Media and 23 March 2004 in the United States by Warner Bros. Records. The album followed up on Origin of Symmetry diverse musical tendencies and elaborate sound, while also having a more focused and consistent theme and aesthetic throughout. Absolution has a noticeably darker and heavier tone musically, with a lyrical focus on the theological and apocalyptic concepts.

The album reached number one in the UK Albums Chart. It also yielded the band's first top 10 single hit, with " Time Is Running Out" peaking at number 8 in the UK Singles Chart. In 2009, it was voted by Kerrang! as the second-best album of the 21st century thus far. (Muse's previous album, Origin of Symmetry, and their subsequent release, Black Holes and Revelations, also appeared in the top fifty).

Absolution (disambiguation)

Absolution is the forgiveness experienced in traditional Christian churches in the sacrament of reconciliation (confession).

Absolution may also refer to:


Absolution is a traditional theological term for the forgiveness experienced in the Sacrament of Penance. This concept is found in the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Eastern Orthodox churches, the Anglican churches, Lutheran churches and Methodist churches.

Absolution (audio drama)

Absolution is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It is part of the Eighth Doctor's series in "Season Six." The drama is divided into four separate parts. The physical copy of the audio drama also contains artwork based on the story to enhance the listening experience.

Absolution (novel)

Absolution is a novel by Olaf Olafsson about the mind of a man haunted by the crime he planned half a century earlier.

Absolution (1978 film)

Absolution is a 1978 British thriller film directed by Anthony Page and written by playwright Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Richard Burton as a priest who teaches at a boys' school and finds one of his favourite students is playing a nasty practical joke on him. He sets out to investigate the prank and stumbles upon a dead body, leading to his life spiralling out of control.

Absolution (comics)

Absolution is a 6-issue comic book limited series written and created by Christos Gage with art by Roberto Viacava that is published by Avatar Press, launched in July 2009.

Absolution (2007 film)

'Absolution ' is a German short film directed by Markus Sehr. It was released in 2007.

Absolution (short story)

"Absolution" is a short story by American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was included in his 1926 collection All the Sad Young Men.

Absolution (2015 film)

Absolution (also known as The Mercenary: Absolution) is a 2015 action crime film directed by Keoni Waxman and starring Steven Seagal The film is a sequel to A Good Man, and is the sixth collaboration between Steven Seagal and director Keoni Waxman. The film also marks the third collaboration between Seagal and Jones (who starred in 2005's Submerged and 2014's Gutshot Straight), and between Seagal and Mann (who previously starred in 2003's Belly of the Beast and 2009's A Dangerous Man).

Absolution (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

"Absolution" is the twenty-first episode, and first part of the two-part season finale, of the third season of the American television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division), revolving around the character of Phil Coulson and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as they attempt to defeat Hive. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. The episode was written by Chris Dingess and Drew Z. Greenberg, and directed by Billy Gierhart.

Clark Gregg reprises his role as Coulson from the film series, and is joined by series regulars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons, and Luke Mitchell.

"Absolution" originally aired on ABC on May 17, 2016, and according to Nielsen Media Research, was watched by 3.03 million viewers.

Usage examples of "absolution".

For we receive absolution of our sins in proportion to our forgiving our brother.

Eucharist the priest perfects the sacrament by merely pronouncing the words over the matter, so the mere words which the priest while absolving pronounces over the penitent perfect the sacrament of absolution.

If any of you will of devotion Offer, and have mine absolution, Come forth anon, and kneele here adown And meekely receive my pardoun.

I challenged him to explain his reasons for refusing to give her absolution, but he closed my lips by answering very coolly that he could not betray the secrets of the confessional.

Gospel of Christ, as the history of the first ten centuries of Christianity, is the witness that auricular confession and absolution are nothing else but a sacrilegious as well as a most stupendous imposture.

I added that the confessor being bound to avoid scandal, if he dared to refuse me the absolution, which, of course, he could do, I would all the same go to the altar with the other nuns.

God will forgive a crime which you would, perhaps, not commit, if you did not think that, after confession, a priest, a man like you, will give you absolution.

Then Mama picked me up in her arms, recovered the drum and drumsticks from the Vicar, and promised Father Wiehnke to pay for the damage, whereupon he accorded her a belated absolution, for I had interrupted her confession: even Oskar got a little of the blessing, though I could have done without it.

She must be buried without priest or rites or absolution, only with execration, and in unhallowed ground, her grave unmarked.

As with all Externalist arguments, the primary motivation behind the theory would appear to be not so much an arrival at the truth but the absolution of the human race from responsibility for its own destruction.

As soon as he had somehow or other finished his mass he went to the confessional, and after hearing in confession every member of the family he took it into his head to refuse absolution to the daughter of his hostess, a girl of twelve or thirteen, pretty and quite charming.

I answered at once, telling her that we would meet the day after the morrow at her casino, because I wanted to receive her loving absolution in the very spot where I had outraged the most generous of women.

I always confess to the same priest, and he has no difficulty in giving me absolution, for I only tell him what I like.

The Bishops of London and Salisbury appealed to the Pope for absolution from the excommunication visited upon them from Clairvaux on the previous Palm Sunday.

Nobody had promised to say masses for her soul if she made this disposition of her property, or pledged the word of the Church that she should have plenary absolution.