• 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

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