American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Archaic To absolve; pardon.
- v. Archaic To atone for.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To solve; clear up.
- To release; set free; acquit; pardon; absolve.
- To remove; dispel.
- To soil; stain.
- v. transitive, archaic To absolve, acquit; to release from blame or sin.
- v. archaic To set free, release.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Archaic To set free; to release.
- v. obsolete To solve; to clear up.
- v. Archaic To set free from guilt; to absolve.
- v. Archaic To expiate; to atone for.
- v. obsolete To remove; to put off.
- v. Obs. or Poet. To soil; to stain.
- v. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
- Anglo-Norman assoiler, from the tonic stem of Old French asoldre (modern absoudre), from Latin absolvere, present active infinitive of absolvō ("absolve"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English assoilen, from Old French assoldre, assoil-, from Latin absolvere, to set free : ab-, away; see ab-1 + solvere, to loosen; see leu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Then said Sir Reginald: But if thou assoil the king and all other standing in the curse, it shall cost thee thy life.”
“And these four knights aforesaid came to Canterbury on the Tuesday in Christmas week about Evensong time, and came to S. Thomas and said that the king commanded him to make amends for the wrongs that he had done, and also that he should assoil all them that he had accursed anon, or else they should slay him.”
“She had declared that she was incapable of further jealousy — and yet she now told him of daily sin of which her conscience could not assoil itself.”
“God gave his plein power for to bind and to assoil, and therefore they should be obedient to him.”
“And then he kneeled down on his knee, and prayed the Bishop to shrive him and assoil him.”
“Some things of this nature, especially such as relate unto chronological computations, I acknowledge are attended with great and apparently inextricable difficulties; but the skill and knowledge mentioned will guide humble and modest inquirers into so sufficient a satisfaction in general, and as unto all things which are really useful, that they shall have no temptation to question the verity of what in particular they cannot assoil.”
“But the sense of the word is, to assoil, to acquit, to declare and pronounce righteous upon a trial; which, in this case, the pardon of sin does necessarily accompany.”
“She is a jolly _compagnon de voyage_, had been thrice to Jerusalem, and is now seeking assoil for some little sins at Canterbury.”
“Then did Sir Lancelot's heart almost burst with sorrow; and when he had finished praying and weeping, he kneeled unto the bishop and prayed him to shrive him and assoil him.”
“And thy great oath, to assoil thee of this charge,”
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