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amnesty

noun uk   /ˈæm.nɪ.sti/ us  
[C or U] a decision by a government that allows political prisoners to go free: Most political prisoners were freed under the terms of the amnesty. [C usually singular] a fixed period of time during which people are not punished for committing a particular crime: People who hand in illegal weapons will not be prosecuted during the amnesty. The government refused to declare an amnesty for people who had not paid the disputed tax.
Translations of “amnesty”
in Spanish amnistía…
in French amnistie…
in German die Amnestie…
in Chinese (Traditional) (對政治犯的)赦免,大赦, 赦免期…
in Russian амнистия…
in Turkish genel af, teslim olma, itirafçı olma…
in Chinese (Simplified) (对政治犯的)赦免,大赦, 赦免期…
in Polish amnestia…
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