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verb (used with object) Archaic.
  1. to absolve; acquit; pardon.
  2. to atone for.
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Origin of assoil

1250–1300; Middle English asoilen < Anglo-French asoiler, Old French asoilier, variant of asoldre < Latin absolvere to absolve
Related formsas·soil·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for assoil

Historical Examples

  • 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 (tr) archaic
  1. to absolve; set free
  2. to atone for
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French assoldre, from Latin absolvere to absolve
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