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Definition of Absolution


  1. An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense.
  2. An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring and accused person innocent.
  3. The exercise of priestly jurisdiction in the sacrament of penance, by which Catholics believe the sins of the truly penitent are forgiven.
  4. An absolving from ecclesiastical penalties, -- for example, excommunication.
  5. The form of words by which a penitent is absolved.
  6. Delivery, in speech.

Absolution Quotations

I'm a lapsed Quaker. I don't go to meetings any more. But I'm very drawn to Catholicism - all that glitter. I'd love to be a Catholic. I think it would be fantastic - faith, forgiveness, absolution, extreme unction - all these wonderful words. I don't think anyone who was ever born a Catholic hasn't died a Catholic, no matter how lapsed they are.
Kate Atkinson

Psychoanalysis is the confession without absolution.
Germaine Greer

Tom Sleigh's poetry is hard-earned and well founded. I great admire the way it refuses to cut emotional corners and yet achieves a sense of lyric absolution.
Seamus Heaney

As however the ancients say that in case of necessity any Christian lay person can administer the sacrament of Baptism, so Luther says the same thing about absolution in case of necessity, where no priest is present.
Martin Chemnitz
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Absolution Translations

absolution in Afrikaans is vergifnis
absolution in Dutch is kwijstschelding, vrijspraak, absolutie
absolution in French is absolution
absolution in Italian is assoluzione
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