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Definition of "absolve" []

  • To pronounce clear of guilt or blame. (verb-transitive)
  • To relieve of a requirement or obligation. (verb-transitive)
  • To grant a remission of sin to. (verb-transitive)
  • To pardon or remit (a sin). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "absolve" in a sentence
  • "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?"