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Meaning of AMNESTY

Pronunciation:  'amnistee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the formal act of liberating someone
  2. [n]  a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
  3. [n]  a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment
  4. [v]  grant a pardon to (a group of people)

AMNESTY is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: free pardon, pardon, pardon
 See Also: clemency, exemption, freedom, mercifulness, mercy, pardon, warrant



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Am"nes*ty\, n. [L. amnestia, Gr. ?, a forgetting, fr. ?
    forgotten, forgetful; 'a priv. + ? to remember: cf. F.
    amnistie, earlier amnestie. See {Mean}, v.]
    1. Forgetfulness; cessation of remembrance of wrong;
    2. An act of the sovereign power granting oblivion, or a
       general pardon, for a past offense, as to subjects
       concerned in an insurrection.
  2. \Am"nes*ty\, v. t. [imp. p. p. {Amnestied}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Amnestying}.]
    To grant amnesty to.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: absolution, exculpation, excuse, exemption, exoneration, grace, immunity, impunity, indemnity, nolle prosequi, non prosequitur, nonprosecution, pardon, redemption, remission, remission of sin, reprieve, shrift, sparing, stay