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tr.v. as·soiled, as·soil·ing, as·soils Archaic
1. To absolve; pardon.
2. To atone for.
[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.]
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1. to absolve; set free
2. to atone for
[C13: from Old French assoldre, from Latin absolvere to absolve]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to absolve; acquit; pardon.
2. to atone for.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French asoiler; compare Old French asoil-, tonic s. of asoldre < Latin absolvere to absolve]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
assoil- To pardon or atone for a sin.
See also related terms for sin.
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Past participle: assoiled
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|Verb||1.||assoil - pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"|
vindicate - clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof; "You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel"
whitewash - exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
purge - clear of a charge
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