a general pardon for offenses, especially political offenses, against a government, often granted before any trial or conviction.
Law. an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole.
a forgetting or overlooking of any past offense.
to grant amnesty to; pardon.
Serdykuov was quietly “amnestied” last week, amidst the global fixation on events in Ukraine.
Moscow’s Long, Corrupt Money Trail Michael Weiss March 21, 2014
His Excellency here has been so very recently amnestied by the Prince, that he imagines he is still at war with us.
‘Midst the Wild Carpathians Mr Jkai
They were now amnestied, and three months later, March 8, they were admitted to their seats.
Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Most of those sentenced to imprisonment from such trials have been amnestied, the largest group in 1964.
Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
They would clearly come within the fourteenth amendment unless they have been amnestied by the statute of limitations.
The Army Mule and Other War Sketches Henry A. Castle
When the partial amnesty was granted, all Irish people rushed forward to help the amnestied.
History of the Commune of 1871 P. Lissagary
Most of the Fenian prisoners were amnestied before the completion of their full terms.
The Life Story of an Old Rebel John Denvir
noun (pl) -ties
a general pardon, esp for offences against a government
a period during which a law is suspended to allow offenders to admit their crime without fear of prosecution
(law) a pardon granted by the Crown or Executive and effected by statute
verb -ties, -tying, -tied
(transitive) to overlook or forget (an offence)
“pardon of past offenses,” 1570s, from French amnestie “intentional overlooking,” from Latin amnestia, from Greek amnestia “forgetfulness (of wrong); an amnesty,” from a-, privative prefix, “not” (see a- (3)), + mnestis “remembrance,” related to mnaomai “I remember” (see mind (n.)). As a verb, from 1809. Amnesty International founded 1961 as Appeal for Amnesty. The name was changed 1963.
a general pardon for offenses, especially political offenses, against a government, often granted before any trial or conviction. Law. an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole. a forgetting or overlooking of any past offense. to grant amnesty to; pardon. Contemporary Examples On immigration, amnesty is part […]
- Amnesty international
an independent worldwide organization working against human-rights violations and for the release of persons imprisoned for political or religious dissent; Nobel Peace Prize 1977. Abbreviation: AI, A.I. Contemporary Examples But if they get to redefine what “human rights” even means, then they might suddenly look like Amnesty International. At the United Nations, It’s Human Rights, […]
amnh American Museum of Natural History
Anatomy, Zoology. the innermost of the embryonic or fetal membranes of reptiles, birds, and mammals; the sac in which the embryo is suspended. Zoology. a similar membrane of insects and other invertebrates. noun (pl) -nions, -nia (-nɪə) the innermost of two membranes enclosing an embryonic reptile, bird, or mammal See also chorion n. 1660s, Modern […]