amnesty /ˈamnɪsti/


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’.

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