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absolve

ab·solve

absolve

 
 
pronunciation:
b zalv
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: absolved, absolves, absolving
definition 1: to free from consequences, blame, or guilt.
Although the court had absolved him of the crime, society still held him responsible.
synonyms:
exculpate, exonerate, justify, pardon
antonyms:
accuse, blame, charge, condemn
similar words:
acquit, amnesty, clear, condone, excuse, forgive, let off, make allowance for, overlook, release, remit, vindicate, wash
definition 2: to release from obligation or responsibility.
He was absolved from his duties as a juror.
synonyms:
excuse, exonerate, free, release
antonyms:
charge
similar words:
acquit, exempt, liberate, loose, remit, reprieve, unbind
definition 3: in Christian theology, to grant pardon or remission of sins to.
He begged forgiveness and asked the priest to absolve him of his sin.
synonyms:
pardon, redeem, remit, save, shrive
similar words:
deliver, wash
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derivations: absolvable (adj.), absolver (n.)
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