absolution defined in 1939 yearabsolution - Absolution (Lat. ab, from; solutus, free);
absolution - Theological term for the forgiveness of sins, after public or private confession, pronounced by priest to penitent in the name of God. Absolution was recognized by the Jews (2 Sam. 12). The forms used in Christendom vary with the doctrine, but are based on interpretations of Matt. 16 and 18, John 20, Acts 2, 2 Cor. 2 and 5, and James 5. Anglican usage is as prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer. In the Roman Catholic Church there is an office of absolution for the dead. Contrition and, where wrong has been done, restitution are essential to absolution. In law the word implies acquittal. See Confession, Auricular.
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