a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment
a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
amnesty, pardon, free pardon(verb)
the formal act of liberating someone
grant a pardon to (a group of people)
Forgetfulness; cessation of remembrance of wrong; oblivion.
An act of the sovereign power granting oblivion, or a general pardon, for a past offense, as to subjects concerned in an insurrection.
To grant a pardon (to a group)
Origin: From amnestie (French amnistie), from amnestia, from ἀμνηστία, from ἀ- + μνήμη (remembrance, reminiscence).
forgetfulness; cessation of remembrance of wrong; oblivion
an act of the sovereign power granting oblivion, or a general pardon, for a past offense, as to subjects concerned in an insurrection
to grant amnesty to
Origin: [L. amnestia, Gr. 'amnhsti`a, a forgetting, fr. 'a`mnhstos forgotten, forgetful; 'a priv. + mna^sqai to remember: cf. F. amnistie, earlier amnestie. See Mean, v.]
Amnesty is defined as: "A pardon extended by the government to a group or class of persons, usually for a political offense; the act of a sovereign power officially forgiving certain classes of persons who are subject to trial but have not yet been convicted" It includes more than pardon, in as much as it obliterates all legal remembrance of the offense. The word has the same root as amnesia. Amnesty is more and more used to express 'freedom' and the time when prisoners can go free. Amnesties, which in the United Kingdom may be granted by the crown or by an act of Parliament, were formerly usual on coronations and similar occasions, but are chiefly exercised towards associations of political criminals, and are sometimes granted absolutely, though more frequently there are certain specified exceptions. Thus, in the case of the earliest recorded amnesty, that of Thrasybulus at Athens, the thirty tyrants and a few others were expressly excluded from its operation; and the amnesty proclaimed on the restoration of Charles II of England did not extend to those who had taken part in the execution of his father. Other famous amnesties include: Napoleon's amnesty of March 13, 1815 from which thirteen eminent persons, including Talleyrand, were exempt; the Prussian amnesty of August 10, 1840; the general amnesty proclaimed by the emperor Franz Josef I of Austria in 1857; the general amnesty granted by President of the United States, Andrew Johnson, after the American Civil War (1861-April 9, 1865), in 1868, and the French amnesty of 1905. Amnesty in U.S. politics in 1872 meant restoring the right to vote and hold office to ex-Confederates, which was achieved by act of Congress. Those were true amnesties, pardoning past violations without changing the laws violated.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
am′nest-i, n. a general pardon of political offenders: an act of oblivion.—v.t. to give amnesty to. [Gr. a-mnestos, not remembered.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'amnesty' in Nouns Frequency: #2789
The numerical value of amnesty in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of amnesty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I'm not a supporter of amnesty, i know there are some out there (who disagree.) And I respect their views on that. But I'm not a supporter of amnesty.
Indonesia is in a drug emergency -- so we need to have something that's firm, they can ask for amnesty from the President... But I'm telling you there will be no amnesty for drug dealers.
A vote for Marco is a vote for amnesty, and I'll tell you this: If we nominate a candidate who supports amnesty, a candidate who has the same position on amnesty as Hillary Clinton, we will lose.
The real reason DHS chief Jeh Johnson supports McCaul is because behind the tough talk, McCaul shares the same immigration reform amnesty positions as Johnson, Obama, and Clinton!” USA Today Nov. 30, 2016
We can freeze rulings during the talks period as well as take any other measures based on consensus, but we cannot provide amnesty unless we feel the talks will succeed because you don't want to grant them amnesty only for them to pick up guns against you again.
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- помилвам, помилване, амнистияBulgarian
- amnestie, amnestovatCzech
- amnistía, amnistiarSpanish
- armahdus, armahtaaFinnish
- amnestie, amnistierFrench
- amnistiare, amnistiaItalian
- 恩赦, 大赦Japanese
- ân xáVietnamese
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