n. pl. am·nes·ties
A general pardon granted by a government: amnesty for military deserters; amnesty for tax evasion.
tr.v. am·nes·tied, am·nes·ty·ing, am·nes·ties
To grant a general pardon to.
[Latin amnēstia, from Greek amnēstiā; see AMNESIA.]
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