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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 previewA Graceful Life

Lutheran Spirituality for Today by Bradley Hanson

Absolution is the work God does in forgiving one's sin through the word spoken by another person.

Google previewPractical Essays on the Morning and Evening Services of the Church of England (1810)

by Thomas Tregenna Biddulph

But absolution is a deliverance from the bands, of sin, or from the obligation to punishment on account of it. The law of God connects sin and punishment together. It threatens eternal death as the reward and wages of sin. Now absolution is a ...

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 previewSumma Theologiae: Volume 60, Penance (2006)

3a. 84-90 by Reginald Masterson, T. C. O'Brien

Absolution is a judgment of pardon, but of the kind of pardon in which the one who offends God comes seeking the divine readiness to receive ...

Google previewOur Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia (1998)

by Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Russell B. Shaw

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 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 previewHistorical Dictionary of Anglicanism (2015)

by Colin Buchanan

In 1552 the rubric in the Visitation of the Sick was removed (leaving the form of absolution as related solely to the dying), and the warning exhortation in the communion rite was changed so that the would-be communicant with an uneasy ...

Google previewNew Dictionary of Christian Ethics & Pastoral Theology (2013)

by David J. Atkinson, David F. Field, Arthur F. Holmes, Oliver O'Donovan

ABSOLUTION mental violation of human dignity is the taking of human life. Certainly, the Bible forbids that in general terms. But the commandment not to kill (Ex. 20:13) is clearly qualified by express permission to kill in the circumstances of ...

Google previewCatholic Pocket Dictionary and Cyclopedia

by Reverend James J. Mcgovern D.D., Aeterna Press

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 gospel, or a bare declaration that God will pardon the sins of those who ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Church (1844)

Containing an Exposition of Terms, Phrases, and Subjects Connected with the External Order, Sacraments, Worship and Usages of the Protestant Episcopal Church, with an Especial Reference to the Church in the United States by William Staunton

A second opinion regards the absolution as a public declaration of the promises of God to penitent sinners, or, in other words,.as an emphatic announcement, before the congregation, of the scriptural terms of forgiveness. But if we adopt this ...

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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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