absolution

Absolution is a religious concept for purging someone of sin, granting them absolution. The word is used for other kinds of forgiveness too.

When you sin or make a mistake, you usually want absolution — which is like forgiveness. In many religions, if you confess your sins, you can be granted absolution: the sin is forgiven, forgotten, wiped clean. Usually, the sinning person has to do some kind of penance to atone for the sin to achieve absolution. Absolution is a serious concept: if you jaywalked, you probably won't worry about absolution. If you stole money from your sick grandmother, absolution is going to be more important.

Definitions of absolution
  1. noun
    the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
    synonyms: remission, remission of sin, remittal
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    types:
    indulgence
    the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution
    type of:
    redemption, salvation
    (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
  2. noun
    the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance
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    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
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