American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To pronounce clear of guilt or blame.
- v. To relieve of a requirement or obligation.
- v. To grant a remission of sin to.
- v. To pardon or remit (a sin).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To set free or release, as from some duty, obligation, or responsibility.
- To free from the consequences or penalties attaching to actions; acquit; specifically, in eccles. language, to forgive or grant remission of sins; pronounce forgiveness of sins to.
- To accomplish; finish.
- To solve; resolve; explain.
- Synonyms To free, release, excuse, liberate, exempt. To acquit, excuse, clear, pardon, forgive, justify. See
- v. transitive To pass a course or test; to gain credit for a class; to qualify academically.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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
- v. To free from a penalty; to pardon; to remit (a sin); -- said of the sin or guilt.
- v. obsolete To finish; to accomplish.
- v. obsolete To resolve or explain.
- v. let off the hook
- v. grant remission of a sin to
- First attested in the early 15th Century. From Middle English absolven, from Latin absolvere, present active infinitive of absolvō ("set free, acquit"), from ab ("away from") + solvō ("loosen, free, release"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English absolven, from Latin absolvere; see absolute. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This is God's forgiveness; and absolution is the conveyance to the conscience of the conviction of forgiveness: to absolve is to free -- to comfort by strengthening -- to afford repose from fear.”
“I must in God's name absolve her from sins that my human heart cannot forgive.”
“Are we really to believe supporters of universal coverage do so because they feel guilty over not giving enough to private charity themselves and feel a gov't program will 'absolve' them of this guilt?”
“Kovalchuk, we know that a lot of Devils fans aren't all that enamored of you right now, but we kind of absolve you as well.”
“Love for Kerala doesn't absolve Tharoor: BJP defence in parliament on the IPL row, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday said his love for Kerala doesn't "absolve" the former”
“Tuesday said his love for Kerala doesn't "absolve" the former minister of wrongdoing.”
“However, does the host's principal role as comedian absolve him of blame for promoting a potentially-offensive caricature of his subjects?”
“Maybe we can absolve these poor unfortunates that are barely able to function, from all taxes, and continue with free food, free medical care, free cash, free education, and in some cases free cars.”
“And, although it doesn't absolve him of his responsibility to account for his actions, Greg Mortenson gets my gratitude for teaching me this yet again, and -- simply because he is human -- he gets my compassion.”
“They're supposed to absolve our leaders of blame for the consequences of their actions.”
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