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absolution

noun acquittal, amnesty, clearance, discharge, dismissal, dismissal of an accusation, exculpation, exoneration, forgiveness, forgiveness of sins, grace, liberation, pardon, purgation, release, release from punishment, remission, reprieve, vindication
See also: acquittal, amnesty, clemency, compurgation, condonation, discharge, dispensation, exception, exoneration, grace, immunity, impunity, liberation, pardon, remission, waiver

absolution

the formal setting free from guilt, sentence or obligation; the remission of sin or penance.

ABSOLUTION. A definite sentence whereby a man accused of any crime is acquitted.

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To the last Lavalle was a Catholic of the old school, accepting--he who had looked into the very heart of the lightnings--the dogmas of papal infallibility, of absolution, of confession--of relics great and small.
She stood in the middle of the room with a face of mildness bent upon me, and her look of forgiveness, of absolution, made her angelic.
rich corporation, by an alderman; absolution to an impenitent king, by
His chamberlain and cardinals came forth, as I remember, to ask whether we would take seven thousand crowns with his blessing and a plenary absolution, or the ten thousand with his solemn ban by bell, book and candle.
When I have been vexed I run out to them for comfort, and when I have been angry without just cause, it is there that I find absolution.
Flaherty was his name and I hope he will die without absolution.
without confessing his sins, and receiving that absolution which he knew he had one in the house duly authorized to give him?