Definition of absolve in English:

absolve

Line breaks: ab|solve
Pronunciation: /əbˈzɒlv
 
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verb

[with object]
1Declare (someone) free from guilt, obligation, or punishment: the pardon absolved them of any crimes
More 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.
Synonyms
release, relieve, liberate, free, deliver, clear, spare, exempt
informal let off
forgive, pardon, excuse, give amnesty to, give dispensation to, give indulgence to;
reprieve, have mercy on, show mercy to
1.1(In church use) give absolution for (a sin): she asked the bishop to absolve her sins
More 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin absolvere 'set free, acquit', from ab- 'from' + solvere 'loosen'.

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