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Definition of "amnesty" []

  • A general pardon granted by a government, especially for political offenses. (noun)
  • To grant a general pardon to. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "amnesty" in a sentence
  • "Is that still where the line is drawn on the term amnesty or are there shades of gray?"
  • "The term amnesty comes from the 1986 immigration bill, supported and signed by Ronald Reagan, which gave many illegal immigrants in the United States immediate permanent residency — green cards — with few requirements, a tiny fee and a fast-tracked application process."
  • "M. O'BRIEN: I think we should note that the term amnesty was not used in that question."