Pronunciation: (ab"su-lOO'shun), [key]
1. act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release from consequences, obligations, or penalties.
2. state of being absolved.
3. Rom. Cath. Theol.
a. a remission of sin or of the punishment for sin, made by a priest in the sacrament of penance on the ground of authority received from Christ.
b. the formula declaring such remission.
4. Prot. Theol.a declaration or assurance of divine forgiveness to penitent believers, made after confession of sins.
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