- 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.
- to grant or pronounce remission of sins to.
- to remit (a sin) by absolution.
- to declare (censure, as excommunication) removed.
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Examples from the Web for unabsolved
Historical Examples of unabsolved
The slain man died, unabsolved, in the commission of mortal sin.The Queen of Hearts
Now, if ministers are wanting, what ruin awaits those, who depart from this life unregenerate or unabsolved!Selections from the Prose Writings of John Henry Cardinal Newman
John Henry Newman
Then he died (priestless, of course, and unabsolved) cursing God and crying piteously for help from the devil.Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
Adrienne Lecouvreur sank back upon the pillows, dead—and unabsolved.Superwomen
Albert Payson Terhune
But for some dreadful and unabsolved crime, a holy man of those days whelmed all beneath the deep waters.
- (usually foll by from) to release from blame, sin, punishment, obligation, or responsibility
- to pronounce not guilty; acquit; pardon