- 1Declare (someone) free from guilt, obligation, or punishment: the pardon absolved them of any crimesMore example sentences
- Recovering, he is absolved of his guilt by the understanding daughter.
- At the same time, the right to free speech does not absolve us from our duty to behave responsibly.
- Zoë, as loving in her death as she was in her life, tried to absolve her family from guilt.
- 1.1(In church use) give absolution for (a sin): she asked the bishop to absolve her sinsMore example sentences
- In the Roman Catholic Church, it is the sacrament that absolves the sins of an individual through confession.
- What lay chaplains cannot do is say Mass, anoint the sick, and absolve sin after confession.
- In the Catholic tradition, absolution from sin is obtained through confession, in which the penitent confesses to a priest who then absolves the sin and administers penitence.
late Middle English: from Latin absolvere 'set free, acquit', from ab- 'from' + solvere 'loosen'.