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Definition of the noun absolution

What does absolution mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: absolutions

  1. the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: condition / status = a state at a particular time
  2. the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of absolution: remission / remission of sin / remittal
    • more generic words: redemption / salvation = the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
    • more specific word: indulgence = the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution
    • part of: penance = a Catholic sacrament

Alternative definition of the noun absolution


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

Definition of the noun absolution for high school students

    freedom from blame, guilt, sin
    • example: Once all the facts were known, the jury gave Angela absolution by giving a verdict of not guilty.

The noun absolution is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


  1. Absolution is a musical group.
    • album: "Complete Discography"
  2. Absolution is a musical group.


Absolution is a record label.


  1. "Absolution" is the third studio album by the English alternative rock band Muse. It was released on 15 September 2003 in Japan, on 22 September 2003 in the United Kingdom on Mushroom Records and A&E Records and on 23 March 2004 in the United States by East West Records and Taste Media. The album followed up on its predecessor's diverse musical tendencies and elaborate sound, while also having a more focused and consistent theme and aesthetic throughout. Absolution has a noticeably darker and heavier tone musically, with a lyrical focus on the theological and apocalyptic concepts.
  2. "Absolution" is a composition.
  3. "Absolution" is the second studio album by Greek heavy metal band RandomWalk, released in 2010.
  4. "Absolution" is a musical single of Schlafes Bruder.
    • released on
  5. "Absolution" is a composition.
  6. "Absolution" is a composition.
  7. "Absolution" is a musical album of Absolute Ensemble & Kristjan Järvi.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  8. "Absolution" is a composition.
  9. "Absolution" is a musical single of Elvio Trampus.
    • released in
  10. "Absolution" is a musical single of Gary Numan.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  11. "Absolution" is a musical album of Edelweiss.
  12. "Absolution" is a musical album of Carol Noonan.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  13. "Absolution" is a musical album of Depraved Heretic.
  14. "Absolution" is a musical single of Autumn Tears.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  15. "Absolution" is a composition.


"Absolution" is a novel by Olaf Olafsson about the mind of a man haunted by the crime he planned half a century earlier.

  • also known as "Absolution: a novel"
  • language: English Language
  • author: Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson
  • genre: Fiction
  • released in (21 years ago)


  1. "Absolution": At a Catholic public school, Benjamin Stanfield is tired of being the teacher's pet and decides to play a practical joke on his former master, Father Goddard. In confession, Stanfield tells Goddard that he accidentally murdered his friend and buried him in the forest. When Goddard investigates, he finds a buried scarecrow. Shortly thereafter, real dead bodies begin to turn up. In confession, Stanfield takes credit for the murders. Confused by evidence he is not allowed to disclose, Father Goddard begins to go mad and eventually murders Stanfield with a spade, only to discover that another student is responsible for the brutal crime spree.
  2. "Absolution" is a film, directed by Jad Haber.
  3. "Absolution": An angel descends to Earth - intending to learn what it is like to live as a human being. While on Earth, this spirit becomes involved in terrorism, drug deals, and pornography. Chemicals used in a new super-bomb are to be melted down in VHS tape shells and secretly shipped out of the U.S. as part of a porn film deal. Overseas, the porno tapes will be melted down again so that the chemicals can be extracted and used for mass destruction. The angel wants to stop these evils, though it is the law of the angels to not interfere in human history. The angel jumps from one human host to another, sinking deeper and deeper into the nightmare, becoming more involved. The angel begins to feel the darkest of human emotions: fear... anger... hate... and it all leads to bloodshed, depravity, and intense violence.
  4. "Absolution" is a German short film directed by Markus Sehr. It was released in 2007.
    • country: Germany
    • language: German Language


  1. Absolution is a 6-issue comic book limited series written and created by Christos Gage with art by Roberto Viacava that is published by Avatar Press, launched in July 2009.
  2. Absolution is a short story by American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was included in his 1926 collection All the Sad Young Men.
    • language: English Language
  3. Absolution is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Absolution

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Google previewThe Christian Tradition in English Literature (2009)

by Paul Cavill, Heather Ward

Absolution means literally 'being freed';. It is the term used to denote the ‡forgiveness of ‡sin in the Catholic and Orthodox ‡sacrament of reconciliation (commonly called 'confession'). It is used to convey the notion that ‡penitents ...

Google previewPower and Marginality in the Abraham Narrative - Second Edition (2010)

by Hemchand Gossai

Before God makes the announcement, the confession ofAbimelech is important and God's absolution is a necessary follow-up. One of the narrator's intents is to demonstrate the reciprocal nature of hospitality. One might conclude based on the ...

Google previewA digest of the evidence in the first (second) report from the select committee on the state of Ireland (1825)

by George White (clerk to the committee of the House of commons.)

two shillings from the man, und two shillings from the woman, at each of those stations ; they do not yet it ut the time ot confession: confession cannot be connected with monc, because, ns the absolution is a portion of the sacrament of confe.

Google previewThe Heart in Pilgrimage (2014)

A Prayerbook for Catholic Christians by Eamon Duffy

We see that our hands and hearts are empty, but the priest's absolution is the pledge that God loves us as we are, and despite our helplessness. As the great Dominican theologian, Herbert ...

Google previewChristian Counseling and Occultism (Koch) (1965)

by Kurt E. Koch

Absolution is a central part of the Gospel, which must not be weakened by the law. Here again the principle of unadulterated truth prevails. Riecker writes of this :651 "In these times that are so poor in spiritual charismata and realized gifts of ...

Google previewOur Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia

Absolution • The forgiveness of any debt, especially the remission of sin. In Catholic theology, absolution is the forgiveness imparted to the penitent by the priest- confessor in Christ's name as the sacrament of Penance is celebrated.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Anglicanism (2006)

by Colin Buchanan

ABSOLUTION. The Latin absolvere means “to set free” and corresponds fairly closely to the Greek luo (of. Rev. 1.5) and aphiemi (John 20.23). Like luo (from which it itself derives), it has a person rather than a sin as the normal object of the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Protestantism (2004)

4-volume set by Hans J. Hillerbrand

Onthe basis of this new understanding and experience of confession, inspired inlarge partby the spiritual counselofJohann vonStaupitz inprivate confession, Luther came to see the whole ministry ofthe church interms of thewordof absolution.

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives (2016)

by Paul Joseph

Importantly, group absolution can affect individuals who are not part of an organized military force. For instance, during the Rwandan genocide, Hutu government officials traveled to the countryside, where they encouraged civilian farmers to ...

Google previewA Catholic dictionary, by W.E. Addis and T. Arnold (1884)

by William Edward Addis

absolution. Classical authors use the LatiB word abtolutio (literally, untie ding or unloosing) to signify acquittal from a criminal charge, and ecclesiastical -writers have adopted the term, employing it to denote a setting free from ...

Google previewThe Catholic Dictionary (1896)

Or, The Universal Christian Educator and Popular Encyclopaedia of Religious Information, Containing Doctrine, Discipline, Rites, Ceremonies, Councils and Religious Orders of the Church by William Edward Addis, Thomas Arnold

Absolution from Sin is a remission of sin which the priest, by authority received from Christ, makes in the Sacrament of Penance. It is not a mere announcement of the pel, or a bare declaration that God will pardon the sins of those who repent, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Christian Antiquities (1880)

Being a Continuation of the ʻDictionary of the Bible'. by William Smith

absolution regard mast be paid both to the forum internum — the conscience of the sinner, and the forum externum — the discipline of the church, there is no trace of any such formal distinction having been drawn through the period embraced ...

Google previewCatholic Encyclopedia (1909)

ABSOLUTION rson Excomuumcx'riou.—Apart from the rare cases in which excommunication is imposed for a fixed period and then ceases of itself, it is always removed by absolution.

Google previewIrish-English English-Irish Easy Reference Dictionary (1998)

by Educational Company of Ireland

neamhláithrcacht absent adjas lálhâlr, neamhláithreach absentee п neamhláilhrí absent-minded adj dearmadach absolutely adj lánchinnte absolution n aspalóid to receive absolution aspalóid a fháil absorb v súigh, ìonsúigh absorbençy п ...

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It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution. (Oscar Wilde)
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The value of this 10-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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