What does the word absolution mean?

Usage examples for absolution

  1. I have come, Sister, to give Monsieur le Marquis absolution. – The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath
  2. It's a- a kind of absolution. – Brother Copas by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  3. But the priests only looked grave, and would have offered them absolution without a change of countenance. – The Life and Adventures of Maj. Roger Sherman Potter by "Pheleg Van Trusedale" A pseudonym for Francis Colburn Adams