• WordNet 3.6
    • n absolution the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
    • n absolution the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Chinese artists freely painted scenes of nakedness and sex. However, they would absolutely never depict a bare female foot.
    • Absolution (Eccl) An absolving from ecclesiastical penalties, -- for example, excommunication.
    • Absolution An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense. "Government . . . granting absolution to the nation."
    • Absolution (Civil Law) An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring and accused person innocent.
    • Absolution Delivery, in speech.
    • Absolution (R. C. Ch) The exercise of priestly jurisdiction in the sacrament of penance, by which Catholics believe the sins of the truly penitent are forgiven.
    • Absolution The form of words by which a penitent is absolved.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: No species of wild plant produces a flower or blossom that is absolutely black, and so far, none has been developed artificially.
    • n absolution The act of absolving, or the state of being absolved; release from consequences, obligations, or penalties; specifically, release from the penal consequences of sin.
    • n absolution 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.
    • n absolution According to Prot. theol., a sacerdotal declaration assuring the penitent of divine forgiveness on the ground of his repentance and faith. In the Roman Catholic Church the priest pronounces the absolution in his own name: “I absolve thee.” In Protestant communions that use a form of absolution, and in the Greek Church, it is pronounced in the name of God and as a prayer: “God [or Christ] absolve thee.”
    • n absolution Abolition; abolishment.
    • n absolution In civil law, a sentence declaring an accused person to be innocent of the crime laid to his charge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Absolution release from punishment: acquittal: remission of sins declared officially by a priest, or the formula by which such is expressed
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  • Charles Baudelaire
    “As a remedy against all ills; poverty, sickness, and melancholy only one thing is absolutely necessary; a liking for work.”
  • Carl Reiner
    Carl Reiner
    “The absolute truth is the thing that makes people laugh”
  • Buckminster Fuller
    “If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.”
  • Robert Benchley
    Robert Benchley
    “I have tried to know absolutely nothing about a great many things, and I have succeeded fairly well.”
  • Thomas H. Huxley
    “Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating --people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. absolution, L. absolutio, fr. absolvere, to absolve. See Absolve
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. absolutus, pa.p. of absolvĕre. See Absolve.


In literature:

That's a crime Rachel absolutely can't forgive.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
The need of some rest, however, was absolute.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
She is absolutely the best style of any one I've seen in Monte Carlo.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The great desire to-day is to deny the religious impulse altogether, or else to assert its absolute alienity from the sexual impulse.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
The Binet test revealed an intelligence level which was absolutely normal.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
Make absolutely no noise, and I will do thee absolutely no harm.
"The Substance of a Dream" by F. W. Bain
He was absolutely new to the scene.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Antitoxin is absolutely harmless when given to a patient who has no diphtheria.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
My mind's absolutely made up.
"The Princess of the School" by Angela Brazil
An absolutely free will is unthinkable.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
Both systems of breath-control cannot be right; if one is correct, the other must necessarily be absolutely wrong.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
One would think you a parvenue, absolutely, to hear you!
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
Only here one got absolutely nothing for it except very likely an infectious disease, as I did.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
I want to carry away with me some absolute impression of life as I would have it.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
And it was such an absolute accident.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
There's absolutely no point whatever in postin' a real ambassador now.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
As a friend and colleague, I must in all honesty advise you, you look like absolute hell.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
That was proof of absolute faith.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman
Certainly, the absolute liberty of the press is like every absolute liberty, a nonentity.
"The Ego and His Own" by Max Stirner
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham

In poetry:

Luminous mind, bright devil
of absolute clusterings, of upright noon---:
here we are at last, alone, without loneliness,
far from the savage city's delirium.
"Luminous mind, bright devil" by Pablo Neruda
"In one moment I've seen what has hitherto been
Enveloped in absolute mystery,
And without extra charge I will give you at large
A Lesson in Natural History."
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Is Will eternal, holy, absolute,
That grasps--as doth a noble bird of prey
The steaming flanks of the foredoomed brute,--
Its project, and with it,--skyward, away!
"Epilogue" by Paul Verlaine
Thou goest help and pardon to implore,
With grace and absolution from the Lord,
By the Priest's lips, for all thou didst before,
In contradiction to his holy word.
"Things, Which A Person Ought To Meditate Upon, On The Lord's-Day," by Rees Prichard
Freely to him thy sumless sins confess,
Condemn thyself, and his forgiveness crave;
So shall thy prayers ever meet success,
So shalt thou grace and absolution have.
"Advice To The Sick" by Rees Prichard
I had received the blessing to inherit
Another singer’s ever rambling dreams;
For kin’s and neighbor’s spiritual merits
To have despise we’re absolutely free.
""I had not tried the wine..."" by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

In news:

Two new polls out this week show the former House speaker with an absolutely atrocious favorability rating.
Crawfish is my absolute favorite food so you can imagine how upset I was when the City of Texarkana, Arkansas would not allow any of the crawfish huts to set up inside city limits.
We're no stranger to gossip 'round here, but my absolute favorite type is Gossip, the Beth Ditto -fronted indie rock trio from Washington.
Mom made absolutely "melt-in-your-mouth" caramels and heavenly divinity .
As an aviator who's done a ton of dogfights , many of the descriptions of what the Wildcat was able to do just made absolutely no sense to me.
While you don't absolutely need a cigar cutter to smoke a fine cigar—you could always use your teeth to nip off a bit of the closed cap—every aficionado should own one.
It's absolutely amazing to me how so many people have bought into this "global warming" claptrap.
IN THEIR ISOLATED nobility, they attached themselves only to the intangible and absolute in the national spirit.
The absolute highlight of any luncheon or brunch.
All of these answers can be yours, at absolutely no charge.
Absolutely beautiful visual style, large levels.
Even though iTunes offers as an option under the Advanced menu to create an Apple Lossless encoded version of my AAC formatted tunes there will be absolutely no difference in sound quality, right.
Rorty recapitulated the ideas of numerous philosophers, including Nietzsche, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and Derrida--all of whom believed that the effort to acquire absolute knowledge of the whole of reality had reached an endpoint in our time.
There are so many of us who absolutely agree with your statements.
They all were pretty interesting, and Thee Oh Sees absolutely killed.

In science:

It is at least weird that a physical theory named Relativity is mathematized by a geometry built up on a differential calculus called Absolute; this is the reason for which, in the following, we would like to reverse this tendency, calling it Theory of Absolute Relativity.
Higher-Order Theories of Gravitation
If we decide to call Relativity with the fair name of Absolute Relativity, then we should call its principle Principle of Absolute Relativity.
Higher-Order Theories of Gravitation
We show that if the absolute endomorphism ring of X is commutative and satisfies certain parity conditions, then Xp is absolutely simple for almost all primes p.
Split reductions of simple abelian varieties
An absolutely simple abelian variety over a number field may or may not have absolutely simple reduction almost everywhere.
Split reductions of simple abelian varieties
Then X is absolutely simple [13, p.648] and has ordinary reduction at a set of primes p of density one [12, Prop. 1.13]; at such primes Xp is absolutely simple.
Split reductions of simple abelian varieties
Suppose X/K is an absolutely simple abelian variety over a number field, and that End ¯K (X ) is noncommutative. (i) For p in a set of positive density, Xp is absolutely reducible. (ii) Suppose End ¯K (X ) ⊗ Q is an indefinite quaternion algebra over a totally real field F , and that dim X/2[F : Q] is odd.
Split reductions of simple abelian varieties
It is convenient to distinguish the following subsets of M(X/K ): • S(X/K ) = {p ∈ M(X/K ) : Xp is simple}; • S∗ (X/K ) = {p ∈ M(X/K ) : Xp is absolutely simple}; • R(X/K ) = {p ∈ M(X/K ) : Xp is reducible}; • R∗ (X/K ) = {p ∈ M(X/K ) : Xp is absolutely reducible}.
Split reductions of simple abelian varieties
If the measure µ is absolutely continuous with respect to the Haar measure on the group SL(d, R) (or even weaker: a certain convolution power of µ contains an absolutely continuous component) then it is absolutely continuous at infinity [Fur63b, Aze70].
Matrix random products with singular harmonic measure
Thanks to standard decomposition methods for the absolutely continuous spectrum (see the appendix) ¯ˆhk,j is unitarily equivalent to the absolutely the proof is trivial, because the absolutely continuous part of ¯ˆhk,j ) = σac (ˆhhor ) ∪ σac (ˆhrc ).
Absence of Normalizable Time-periodic Solutions for The Dirac Equation in Kerr-Newman-dS Black Hole Background
As a consequence, the absolutely continuous part of ˆTa ⊕ ˆTb is unitarily equivalent to the absolutely continuous part of ˆT , and this in turn implies that σac ( ˆT ) = σac ( ˆTa ⊕ ˆTb ) = σac ( ˆTa ) ∪ σac ( ˆTb ).
Absence of Normalizable Time-periodic Solutions for The Dirac Equation in Kerr-Newman-dS Black Hole Background
Next, if t < max(1, √log m) then by choosing the absolute constant c > 0 sufficiently small right hand side of (3.1) is larger than 1 for a sufficiently small absolute constant c .
Spectral norm of products of random and deterministic matrices
Next, if t < max(1, √log m) then by choosing the absolute constant c > 0 sufficiently small right hand side of (3.1) is larger than 1 for a sufficiently small absolute constant c .
Spectral norm of products of random and deterministic matrices
If the distribution of the J Vj is absolutely continuous on so∗ (2L), the absolutely continuous spectrum of H is almost surely pure.
Random Dirac operators with time-reversal symmetry
Note that the relative gap gsi ,ηsi (Pi ) distinguishes better between the close eigenvalues than the absolute gap, eg. min{λsi+1 − λsi , λsi − λsi−1 } is an example of an absolute gap.
Relative convergence estimates for the spectral asymptotic in the Large Coupling Limit
Star-formation is typically found in galaxies with lower absolute R magnitude than the mean absolute R magnitude; we therefore selected two different volumelimited samples at different absolute R magnitudes to maximize the size of the samples.
Active Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II: galaxy and activity evolution