A secular clerk or friar who travelled the country with *relics, issuing pardons in exchange for payment; one who sold indulgences. They were also known as questores, i.e. askers, since they asked what sins needed expiation. Their official title was quaestorii. The office was abolished by the pope in 1562.

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  • Pardoner — Par don*er, n. 1. One who pardons. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A seller of indulgences. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pardoner — (n.) man licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences, mid 14c., agent noun from PARDON (Cf. pardon) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pardoner — [pärd′ nər] n. [ME < Anglo Fr] 1. a medieval preacher who collected money offerings (as for building a church) to which indulgences were attached 2. a person who pardons …   English World dictionary

  • pardoner — noun Date: 14th century 1. a medieval preacher delegated to raise money for religious works by soliciting offerings and granting indulgences 2. one that pardons …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pardoner — /pahr dn euhr/, n. 1. a person who pardons. 2. (during the Middle Ages) an ecclesiastical official authorized to sell indulgences. [1325 75; ME; see PARDON, ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • pardoner — 1. noun /ˈpɑrdənər/ a medieval cleric who would sell pardons and indulgences With him there rode a gentle pardonere / Of Ronceval, his friend and his compere, / That straight was comen from the court of Rome. 2. verb /ˈpɑrdənər/ to pardon; to for …   Wiktionary

  • pardoner — one who raises money for religious works by selling indulgences Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • pardoner — par·don·er || pÉ‘rdnÉ™(r) / pɑːd n. one who grants absolution; one who forgives, one who pardons …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pardoner — noun historical a person licensed to sell papal pardons or indulgences …   English new terms dictionary

  • pardoner — par·don·er …   English syllables

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