• WordNet 3.6
    • v amnesty grant a pardon to (a group of people)
    • n amnesty the formal act of liberating someone
    • n amnesty a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
    • n amnesty a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Amnesty An act of the sovereign power granting oblivion, or a general pardon, for a past offense, as to subjects concerned in an insurrection.
    • Amnesty Forgetfulness; cessation of remembrance of wrong; oblivion.
    • v. t Amnesty To grant amnesty to.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n amnesty A forgetting or overlooking; an act of oblivion; specifically, a general pardon or conditional offer of pardon of offenses or of a class of offenses against a government, or the proclamation of such pardon.
    • n amnesty Synonyms Absolution, etc. See pardon, n.
    • amnesty pret. and pp. amnestied, ppr. amnestying. [⟨ amnesty, n.] To grant an amnesty to; pardon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Amnesty am′nest-i a general pardon of political offenders: an act of oblivion
    • v.t Amnesty to give amnesty to
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. amnestia, Gr. , a forgetting, fr. forgotten, forgetful; 'a priv. + mna^sqai to remember: cf. F. amnistie, earlier amnestie,. See Mean (v.)


In literature:

The hostile parties were reconciled, and proclaimed an amnesty, the first in history.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
There were, however, necessarily exceptions from the general act of amnesty.
"Josephine" by John S. C. Abbott
It's a thieves' amnesty at this moment, and I must not lose the opportunity.
"Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune" by Charles James Lever
Margaret would have stayed this tide of emigration by promises of grace, if not by a general amnesty for the past.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
Mackenzie's opinion of, 221; favours amnesty for Mackenzie, 478; Mackenzie's letter to, 479.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
Amnesties are granted periodically.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
And mind, this cup is a pledge of amnesty to all offenders, of union among ourselves, and of devotion to our Queen!
"Tried for Her Life" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
Then they proclaimed a general amnesty for all who should surrender within a given time.
"The West Indies and the Spanish Main [1899]" by James Rodway
He was obliged to grant them amnesty and to recall them to Samarra.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
From this proffered amnesty, however, John Hancock and Samuel Adams were especially excepted.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
But one important measure of a political character was passed in 1906, namely an amnesty act.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
I bear a message from The Throne itself Of fullest amnesty for Byron's past.
"The Admirable Bashville" by Bernard Shaw
Parliament branded him as a pirate and excluded him specifically from future amnesty.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
The amnesty which had been proclaimed in consequence of the happy event, had been received with satisfaction throughout the land.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
He returned to France after the general amnesty, and resided in his estate in the department of Saone-et-Loire.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
In '59 he was amnestied and imprisoned.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
In the face of this, he issued his decree of amnesty to all insurgents laying down arms within forty days.
"Where Duty Called" by Victor St. Clair
And I ask for the immediate withdrawal of martial law in Ireland, and an amnesty for all Sinn Fein prisoners.
"The Irish on the Somme" by Michael MacDonagh
My father has been amnestied.
"No Surrender" by E. Werner
Matters stood far otherwise with Prince Baratowski, who was excluded from the amnesty.
"Under a Charm, Vol. I (of III)" by E. Werner

In news:

Lee rules out 'amnesty' as he works on immigration-reform team.
Some underage drinkers who seek medical help would get amnesty from prosecution under a bill approved by the Michigan House.
Finance Secretary Lori Flanery said the response to the tax amnesty offer has been strong since it began on Oct 1.
Amnesty International has accused the Pakistani military of carrying out widespread human rights abuses in the country's northwest tribal region where the army is fighting a domestic Taliban insurgency.
ISLAMABAD – Amnesty International has accused the Pakistani military of carrying out widespread human rights abuses in the country's northwest tribal region where the army is fighting a domestic Taliban insurgency.
BB guns, firearms collected during gun amnesty day.
Omaha Police collected 25 firearms during a gun amnesty day Saturday.
Set to expire Dec 21, the amnesty program, which significantly reduces permitting fees on old units, will be in place through 2013.
Associated Press Gilbert Arenas averaged 8.0 points last season for the Magic, who waived him under the league's amnesty clause.
Time running out on tax amnesty for short sales and foreclosures.
Frist , seen here in a January photo, says amnesty will encourage "further disrespect for the law.".
Barbour throws down amnesty gauntlet .
Aung San Suu Kyi speaking before Amnesty International at the Newseum (all photos by Jeff Malet).
Russia must stop "mistreatment" of peaceful protesters, rights group Amnesty says.
Amnesty International protests Gitmo detentions.