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SAT vocabulary: absolution

What does absolution mean? You’re about to find out!

Quick Vocab Quiz for the word absolution

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absolution most nearly means

(A) regret (B) fear (C) exoneration (D) purity (E) haste

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Part of Speech: NOUN

Pronunciations: IPA: /æb.sə.ˈlu.ʃən/ Glossary-style: [ahb-suh-LOO-shuhn]

Definition: the act of being forgiven or freeing from blame or guilt, especially in law or religion.

Give it to me straight: absolution simply means that you’ve been cleared of blame or forgiven. For example, if you’ve been a sinner your whole life, you might seek absolution from a priest. We can also talk about someone being absolved of a crime, meaning she or he didn’t commit the crime.

Example: After being caught on video uttering a slew of swear words, the teen celebrity sought absolution from her fans by appearing on a national television program to explain why she had become so incensed.

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By Erin Billy

Founder of TestMagic, Inc. in San Francisco, USA.

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