Definition of "pardoner" [par•don•er]

  • One that pardons: a pardoner of the sins of others. (noun)
  • A medieval ecclesiastic authorized to raise money for religious works by granting papal indulgences to contributors. (noun)

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Use "pardoner" in a sentence
  • "This meager use of the pardon power isn't only a shirking of an important presidential duty, as former Maryland governor and prolific pardoner Robert Ehrlich argued in a recent Baltimore Sun editorial; it also makes no sense."
  • "Leaving Nora to rest in bed, Albright and Leonard found the local pardoner, and bought a tooth of Saint George for a discount price before returning to the manor."
  • "The whole -- McChrystal says you have to have a credible pardoner."