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Remission definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

REMIS'SION, n. [L. remissio, from remitto, to send back.]
1. Abatement; relaxation; moderation; as the remission of extreme rigor.
2. Abatement; diminution of intensity; as the remission of the sun's heat; the remission of cold; the remission of close study or of labor.
3. Release; discharge or relinquishment of a claim or right; as the remission of a tax or duty.
4. In medicine, abatement; a temporary subsidence of the force or violence of a disease or of pain, as distinguished from intermission, in which the disease leaves the patient entirely for a time.
5. Forgiveness; pardon; that is, the giving up of the punishment due to a crime; as the remission of sins. Matthew 26. Hebrews 9.
6. The act of sending back. [Not in use.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease); "his cancer is in remission" [syn: remission, remittal, subsidence]
2: a payment of money sent to a person in another place [syn: remittance, remittal, remission, remitment]
3: (law) the act of remitting (especially the referral of a law case to another court) [syn: remission, remitment, remit]
4: the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance [syn: absolution, remission, remittal, remission of sin]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 13th century 1. the act or process of remitting 2. a state or period during which something is remitted

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the reduction of a prison sentence on account of good behaviour. 2 the remitting of a debt or penalty etc. 3 a diminution of force, effect, or degree (esp. of disease or pain). 4 (often foll. by of) forgiveness (of sins etc.). Derivatives: remissive adj. Etymology: ME f. OF remission or L remissio (as REMIT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Remission Re*mis"sion (r?-m?sh"?n), n. [F. r['e]mission, L. remissio. See Remit.] 1. The act of remitting, surrendering, resigning, or giving up. 2. Discharge from that which is due; relinquishment of a claim, right, or obligation; pardon of transgression; release from forfeiture, penalty, debt, etc. This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. --Matt. xxvi. 28. That ples, therefore, . . . Will gain thee no remission. --Milton. 3. Diminution of intensity; abatement; relaxation. 4. (Med.) A temporary and incomplete subsidence of the force or violence of a disease or of pain, as destinguished from intermission, in which the disease completely leaves the patient for a time; abatement. 5. The act of sending back. [R.] --Stackhouse. 6. Act of sending in payment, as money; remittance.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pardon Pardon, remission remission Usage: Forgiveness, Pardon. Forgiveness is Anglo-Saxon, and pardon Norman French, both implying a giving back. The word pardon, being early used in our Bible, has, in religious matters, the same sense as forgiveness; but in the language of common life there is a difference between them, such as we often find between corresponding Anglo-Saxon and Norman words. Forgive points to inward feeling, and suppose alienated affection; when we ask forgiveness, we primarily seek the removal of anger. Pardon looks more to outward things or consequences, and is often applied to trifling matters, as when we beg pardon for interrupting a man, or for jostling him in a crowd. The civil magistrate also grants a pardon, and not forgiveness. The two words are, therefore, very clearly distinguished from each other in most cases which relate to the common concerns of life. Forgiver For*giv"er, n. One who forgives. --Johnson.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(remissions) 1. If someone who has had a serious disease such as cancer is in remission or if the disease is in remission, the disease has been controlled so that they are not as ill as they were. Brain scans have confirmed that the disease is in remission... N-VAR 2. If someone in prison gets remission, their prison sentence is reduced, usually because they have behaved well. (BRIT) With remission for good behaviour, she could be freed in a year.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Relaxation, moderation, mitigation, lessening, abatement, diminution. 2. Release, relinquishment, discharge. 3. Intermission, suspension, interruption, suspense, stop, stoppage, respite, pause, rest, abatement. 4. Forgiveness, absolution, pardon, indulgence, acquittal, discharge, exoneration, excuse. 5. Release, relinquishment, surrender, renunciation.

Moby Thesaurus

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