Definitions for amnestyˈæm nə sti
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
am•nes•ty*ˈæm nə sti(n.)(pl.)-ties
(n.)a general pardon for offenses, esp. political offenses, against a government.
a forgetting or overlooking of any past offense.
(v.t.)to grant amnesty to; pardon.
* Syn: See pardon.
Origin of amnesty:
1570–80; (< MF amnestie) < Gk amnēstía oblivion, der. of ámnēst(os) forgetting
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
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.
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Translations for amnesty
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a general pardon given to people who have done wrong especially against the government
The murderer was released under the amnesty declared by the new president.
- عَفْو عَامArabic
- anistiaPortuguese (BR)
- die AmnestieGerman
- عفو عمومیFarsi
- yleinen armahdusFinnish
- közkegyelem, amnesztiaHungarian
- عفو عمومیPersian
- عمومی بخښنهPashto
- amnesti, benådningSwedish
- genel afTurkish
- 大赦, 特赦Chinese (Trad.)
- عام معافی ، امانUrdu
- sự ân xáVietnamese
- 大赦，特赦Chinese (Simp.)
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