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absolution

ab·so·lu·tion

absolution

 
pronunciation:
aeb s lu shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: in Christian theology, a declaration of forgiveness of one's sins by a priest after confession and penance.
The priest gave him absolution for his sins.
synonyms:
remission, shrift
similar words:
deliverance, justification
definition 2: the act of absolving.
The jury's absolution of the defendant came as a shock.
synonyms:
exculpation, exoneration
antonyms:
condemnation, punishment
similar words:
discharge, dispensation, excuse, exemption, forgiveness, justification, pardon, remission
definition 3: the state or condition of being absolved.
He was tortured by the memory of horrible acts he had committed, but he could find no absolution.
synonyms:
exculpation
antonyms:
condemnation, punishment
similar words:
discharge, exemption, pardon, remission, reprieve