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absolve

ab·solve

absolve

 
 
pronunciation:
b zalv
features:
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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
derivations: absolvable (adj.), absolver (n.)
Word Parts
The word absolve contains the following parts:
ab-, abs- Latin prefix that means from, away from
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Most words containing the prefix ab- , abs- are Latin loanwords, so the bases are Latin roots. ab- becomes abs- before bases beginning with "t," such as "tract."
solv, solu Latin root that means loosen