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Topic: POLITICS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Greek
Origin: amnestia 'forgetfulness', from mnasthai 'to remember'

amnesty

noun
     
am‧nes‧ty plural amnesties [countable]
1PP an official order by a government that allows a particular group of prisoners to go free
amnesty for
The government granted an amnesty for all former terrorists.
2SC a period of time when you can admit to doing something illegal without being punished
amnesty on
an amnesty on illegal handguns
amnesty verb [transitive]
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