grant remission of a sin to
"The priest absolved him and told him to say ten Hail Mary's"
absolve, justify, free(verb)
let off the hook
"I absolve you from this responsibility"
To set free, release or discharge (from obligations, debts, responsibility etc.).
You will absolve a subject from his allegiance.
To pronounce free from or give absolution for a penalty, blame, or guilt.
To pronounce free or give absolution from sin.
To finish; to accomplish.
To resolve or explain.
Origin: First attested in the early 15th Century. From absolven, from absolvere, present active infinitive of absolvo, from ab + solvo.
to set free, or release, as from some obligation, debt, or responsibility, or from the consequences of guilt or such ties as it would be sin or guilt to violate; to pronounce free; as, to absolve a subject from his allegiance; to absolve an offender, which amounts to an acquittal and remission of his punishment
to free from a penalty; to pardon; to remit (a sin); -- said of the sin or guilt
to finish; to accomplish
to resolve or explain
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ab-zolv′, v.t. to loose or set free: to pardon: to acquit: to discharge (with from).—ns. Absolv′er, one who gives absolution or acquits; Absolv′itor, a decision favourable to a defender.—v.t. Assoil′zie, in Scots law, to absolve the accused on the grounds that the evidence disproves or does not establish the charge. [L. ab, from, solvĕre, solutum, to loose. See Solve.]
The numerical value of absolve in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of absolve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Typography has one plain duty before it and that is to convey information in writing. No argument or consideration can absolve typography from this duty.
The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.
The use of violence by some protesters does not absolve the security forces from blame over targeting of the overwhelmingly peaceful protest movement more broadly.
A Bronx jury has sent a clear message that a uniform and a badge does not absolve anyone from committing a crime, and that even a criminal behind bars deserves to be treated like a human being.
The fact that Palestinian armed groups appear to have carried out war crimes by firing indiscriminate rockets and mortars does not absolve the Israeli forces from their obligations under international humanitarian law.
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- опрощавам, освобождавам, оправдавамBulgarian
- freisprechen, absolvieren, entbinden, lossprechenGerman
- συγχωρώ, απαλλάσωGreek
- exculpar, exonerar, absolverSpanish
- آمرزیدن, معاف کردن, عفو کردنPersian
- selittää, vapauttaa, [[antaa]] [[synninpäästö]], armahtaa, suorittaa, [[todeta]] [[syyttömäksi]], ratkaista, antaa anteeksi, [[vapauttaa]] [[syytöksistä]]Finnish
- vergeven, uitleggen, ontheffen, afwerken, kwijtschelden, vrijspreken, beëindigenDutch
- frikjenne, tilgiNorwegian
- absolver, acabar, resolver, eximir, solucionar, exonerar, redimir, terminarPortuguese
- отпускать, прощатьRussian
- frikänna, fritaga, absolution, frita, frikalla, lösa, avlösaSwedish
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