What does amnesty mean?

Definitions for amnestyˈæm nə sti

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word amnesty.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. amnesty(noun)

    a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment

  2. pardon, amnesty(noun)

    a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense

  3. amnesty, pardon, free pardon(verb)

    the formal act of liberating someone

  4. amnesty(verb)

    grant a pardon to (a group of people)


  1. amnesty(Noun)

    Forgetfulness; cessation of remembrance of wrong; oblivion.

  2. amnesty(Noun)

    An act of the sovereign power granting oblivion, or a general pardon, for a past offense, as to subjects concerned in an insurrection.

  3. amnesty(Verb)

    To grant a pardon (to a group)

  4. Origin: From amnestie (French amnistie), from amnestia, from ἀμνηστία, from ἀ- + μνήμη (remembrance, reminiscence).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amnesty

    forgetfulness; cessation of remembrance of wrong; oblivion

  2. Amnesty

    an act of the sovereign power granting oblivion, or a general pardon, for a past offense, as to subjects concerned in an insurrection

  3. Amnesty(verb)

    to grant amnesty to

  4. 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.]


  1. Amnesty

    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

  1. Amnesty

    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

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'amnesty' in Nouns Frequency: #2789


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amnesty in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amnesty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

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