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ABSOLUTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does absolution mean? 

ABSOLUTION (noun)
  The noun ABSOLUTION has 2 senses:

1. 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

  Familiarity information: ABSOLUTION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ABSOLUTION (noun)


Sense 1absolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("absolution" is a kind of...):

condition; status (a state at a particular time)


Sense 2absolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

remission of sin; absolution; remittal; remission

Hypernyms ("absolution" is a kind of...):

redemption; salvation ((Christianity) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "absolution"):

indulgence (the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution)

Holonyms ("absolution" is a part of...):

penance (a Catholic sacrament; repentance and confession and satisfaction and absolution)


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