Meaning of absolution

ab•so•lu•tion

Pronunciation: (ab"su-l'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release from consequences, obligations, or penalties.
  2. state of being absolved.
    1. a remission of sin or of the punishment for sin, made by a priest in the sacrament of penance on the ground of authority received from Christ.
    2. the formula declaring such remission.
  3. a declaration or assurance of divine forgiveness to penitent believers, made after confession of sins.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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