Synonyms Examples Word Origin verb (used with object), ab·solved, ab·solv·ing. to free from guilt or blame or their consequences: The court absolved her of guilt in his death. to set free or release, as from some duty, obligation, or responsibility (usually followed by from): to be absolved from one's oath. to grant pardon for. . Ecclesiastical to grant or pronounce remission of sins to. to remit (a sin) by absolution. to declare (censure, as excommunication) removed. Origin of absolve 1525–35;
to loosen; see
solve Related forms ab·solv·a·ble, adjective ab·sol·vent, adjective, noun ab·solv·er, noun un·ab·solved, adjective Synonym study 1. Absolve, acquit, exonerate all mean to free from blame. Absolve is a general word for this idea. To acquit is to release from a specific and usually formal accusation: The court must acquit the accused if there is not enough evidence of guilt. To exonerate is to consider a person clear of blame or consequences for an act (even when the act is admitted), or to justify the person for having done it: to be exonerated for a crime committed in self-defense.
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Examples from the Web for absolver Historical Examples of absolver
Shall we say it is all blasphemy; an impious intrusion upon the prerogatives of the One
Church absolution is an eternal protest, in the name of God the
Absolver, against the false judgments of society.
Absolver would make men careless about both. British Dictionary definitions for absolver ( usually foll by from) to release from blame, sin, punishment, obligation, or responsibility to pronounce not guilty; acquit; pardon Derived Forms absolvable, adjective absolver, noun Word Origin for absolve
C15: from Latin
absolvere to free from, from ab- 1 + solvere to make loose
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Word Origin and History for absolver absolve v.
early 15c., from Latin
absolvere "set free, loosen, acquit," from ab- "from" (see ab-) + solvere "loosen" (see solve). Related: Absolved; absolving.
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