- (transitive) (archaic) To absolve, acquit; to release from blame or sin.
Etymology: Scottish form of assoil (reflecting Middle English -lÈ-).
- 1819: "There is more than mere strength, there seems as if the whole soul and spirit of the champion were given to every blow which he deals upon his enemies. God him of the sin of bloodshed! " it is fearful, yet magnificent, to behold how the arm and heart of one man can triumph over hundreds." " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
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