I. noun 1. an official pardon for people who have been convicted of political offences • an amnesty for political prisoners.
2. an undertaking by the authorities to take no action against specified offences during a fixed period • a month-long weapons amnesty.
II. verb — [with obj.] 1. grant an official pardon to. • the guerrillas would be amnestied and allowed to return to civilian life.
– origin late 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek amnēstia ‘forgetfulness’.