Thursday, 10 January 2013

Amnesty

AMNESTY

Noun & verb. L16.
[French amnestie (now -istie) or Latin amnestia from Greek amnestia forgetfulness] 

A noun. An act of forgetfulness; an intentional overlooking; a general pardon, esp. for a political offence. L16

B verb trans. Give an amnesty to. E19. 

There's a nice connection between the modern understanding of the word amnesty and its Greek and Latin roots denoting forgetfulness (obviously related to the word amnesia). It is also a word that famously lends itself to Amnesty International, the NGO that campaigns worldwide for the protection of human rights and collectively won the Nobel Peace Price in 1977 for its campaign against the use of torture. 



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