Definition of absolution:
- An absolving from ecclesiastical penalties, - for example, excommunication.
- An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense.
- An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring and accused person innocent.
- Delivery, in speech.
- The exercise of priestly jurisdiction in the sacrament of penance, by which Catholics believe the sins of the truly penitent are forgiven.
- The form of words by which a penitent is absolved.
- acquittal (part of speech: noun)
- forgiveness (part of speech: noun)
- vindication (part of speech: noun)
- dismissal (part of speech: noun)
Nor in modern days have the monks and priests of the Catholic faith been backward in this respect particularly in sanctioning the doctrine of composition for sins, for the absolution of which the rate was not even fixed in proportion to the magnitude; and what is still more astonishing, this impious practice of bargaining with the Almighty has survived the dark ages, and exists to a certain degree at this moment.- "Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton", John Barrow.
- "A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI.", Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot.
- "Catherine de' Medici", Honore de Balzac.