absolution definition

  • noun:
    • The act of absolving or perhaps the condition to be absolved.
    • The formal remission of sin imparted by a priest, as in the sacrament of penance.
    • this sense?) (obsolete) shipping, in speech.
    • An absolving, or setting-free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense.
    • An acquittal, or phrase of a judge declaring and accused individual innocent.
    • The exercise of priestly jurisdiction within the sacrament of penance, in which Catholics believe the sins of truly penitent tend to be forgiven.
    • An absolving from ecclesiastical charges, -- like, excommunication.
    • the type of terms by which a penitent is absolved.
    • Delivery, in speech.
    • The work of absolving, or the condition of being absolved; release from effects, responsibilities, or charges; especially, release from penal consequences of sin.
    • According to Roman Catholic theology, a remission of sin, which the priest, on the ground of authority received from Christ, makes in the sacrament of penance (which see). “It is not a mere announcement of the gospel, or a bare declaration that God will pardon the sins of those who repent, but, as the Council of Trent defines it, is a judicial act by which a priest as judge passes a sentence on the penitent.” Cath. Dict.
    • Relating To Prot. theol., a sacerdotal statement assuring the penitent of divine forgiveness on a lawn of their repentance and belief. Within the Roman Catholic Church the priest pronounces the absolution in the very own title: “I absolve thee.” In Protestant communions which use a form of absolution, as well as in the Greek Church, it really is pronounced in the name of God so when a prayer: “God [or Christ] absolve thee.”
    • Abolition; abolishment.
    • In civil law, a sentence declaring an accused person to be innocent regarding the criminal activity set to their cost.
    • the condition of being officially forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance
    • the work of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest into the sacrament of penance

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