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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-suh-loo-shuh n]
    • /ˌæb səˈlu ʃən/
    • /ˌæb.səˈluː.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-suh-loo-shuh n]
    • /ˌæb səˈlu ʃən/

Definitions of absolution word

  • uncountable noun absolution If someone is given absolution, they are forgiven for something wrong that they have done. 3
  • noun absolution the act of absolving or the state of being absolved; release from guilt, obligation, or punishment 3
  • noun absolution a formal remission of sin pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance 3
  • noun absolution the prescribed form of words granting such a remission 3
  • noun absolution a formal freeing (from guilt or obligation); forgiveness 3
  • noun absolution remission (of sin or penalty for it); specif., in some churches, remission given by a priest in the sacrament of penance 3

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Origin of absolution

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; Middle English absolucion < Latin absolūtiōn- (stem of absolūtiō) acquittal. See absolute, -ion

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Parts of speech for Absolution


absolution popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

absolution usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for absolution

noun absolution

  • forgiveness — act of forgiving; state of being forgiven.
  • mercy — compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power; compassion, pity, or benevolence: Have mercy on the poor sinner.
  • pardon — kind indulgence, as in forgiveness of an offense or discourtesy or in tolerance of a distraction or inconvenience: I beg your pardon, but which way is Spruce Street?
  • acquittal — Acquittal is a formal declaration in a court of law that someone who has been accused of a crime is innocent.
  • release — to lease again.

Antonyms for absolution

noun absolution

  • inculpation — to charge with fault; blame; accuse.
  • impeachment — the impeaching of a public official before an appropriate tribunal.
  • recrimination — the act of recriminating, or countercharging: Hope gave way to recrimination with both sides claiming the moral high ground.
  • reprehension — the act of reprehending; reproof; censure.
  • presentment — an act of presenting, especially to the mind, as an idea, view, etc.

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