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[uh-soil] /əˈsɔɪl/
verb (used with object), Archaic.
to absolve; acquit; pardon.
to atone for.
Origin of assoil
1250-1300; Middle English asoilen < Anglo-French asoiler, Old French asoilier, variant of asoldre < Latin absolvere to absolve
Related forms
assoilment, noun Unabridged
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  • It may be that it will ease and assoil your souls if you would wish to handle it.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And then he kneeled down on his knees, and prayed the hermit for to shrive him and assoil him.

  • And then he kneeled down on his knee, and prayed the Bishop to shrive him and assoil him.

  • Doubtless he may pardon and assoil all such in their unhappiness, forasmuch as the secret of it is with him.

British Dictionary definitions for assoil


verb (transitive) (archaic)
to absolve; set free
to atone for
Word Origin
C13: from Old French assoldre, from Latin absolvere to absolve
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