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pardoner

Noun

1 a person who pardons or forgives or excuses a fault or offense [syn: forgiver, excuser]
2 a medieval cleric who raised money for the church by selling papal indulgences

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English

Etymology

pardon + agent suffix -er

Pronunciation

(Canada) /ˈpɑrdənər/

Noun

  1. In the context of "historical": a medieval cleric who would sell pardons and indulgences
    • c. 1390: Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (Prologue)
      With him there rode a gentle pardonere / Of Ronceval, his friend and his compere, / That straight was comen from the court of Rome.
    • 1820: Sir Walter Scott, The Abbot
      ... old men, cheated by their wives and daughters, pillaged by their sons, and imposed on by their domestics, a braggadocia captain, a knavish pardoner or quaestionary, a country bumpkin and a wanton city dame.
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