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Definition of absolution:

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

Synonyms:

remitment, remission, forbearance, condonation, subsidence, remit, oblivion, remittal, remittance, remission of sin.

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