Adjective "absolve" definition and examples

(Absolve may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/əbˈzɒlv/

Definitions and examples

verb

Declare (someone) free from guilt, obligation, or punishment.
  1. 'Recovering, he is absolved of his guilt by the understanding daughter.'
  2. 'By concentrating all evil in the oppressors, it absolves the victims from examining their own failings.'
  3. 'It would doubtless be of great comfort to us both if there were some form that we could sign absolving doctors of any blame, so that a professional person could administer a quick injection when the time came.'
  4. 'Zoë, as loving in her death as she was in her life, tried to absolve her family from guilt.'
  5. 'It is only when Conrad's case is taken on by an understanding therapist who absolves him of his guilt that he can be cured.'
  6. 'The fact that it's wildlife absolves us of the moral question that hangs in the air when we see footage of humans in mortal danger - why didn't the camera crew do something to help?'
  7. 'He absolves us of responsibility for our fitness.'
  8. 'Maybe it will absolve you from legal liability in an American court of law, but the moral responsibility remains because you are unsure if your users are lying about their ages.'
  9. 'His neatly circumscribed theory can, he believes, organize human experience and explain human nature; it also absolves him of responsibility.'
  10. 'At a single stroke it absolves you from registering any sort of protest yourself as well as from paying any further attention to the speaker, and it gives you something interesting to look at.'
  11. 'she asked the bishop to absolve her sins'
  12. 'Juliet tells Nurse to tell her mother that she is going to Friar Laurence's cell to confess her sins and be absolved.'
  13. 'What lay chaplains cannot do is say Mass, anoint the sick, and absolve sin after confession.'
  14. 'I've recently learned that I will soon be leaving this world, so I must absolve my sins in the short time I have remaining in order to gain my acceptance into Heaven.'
  15. 'But on the other hand it has the sacrament of confession, whereby if you do sin you can be absolved and start afresh.'
  16. 'In the Catholic tradition, absolution from sin is obtained through confession, in which the penitent confesses to a priest who then absolves the sin and administers penitence.'
  17. 'It comes from the Roman Catholic practice of confessing one's sins and being absolved of them, or ‘shriven’.'
  18. 'The first sequence spoke to me of how merciful God is for absolving my transgressions.'

More definitions

verb (used with object), absolved, absolving.

1. to free from guilt or blame or their consequences: The court absolved her of guilt in his death.

2. to set free or release, as from some duty, obligation, or responsibility (usually followed by from): to be absolved from one's oath.

3. to grant pardon for.

4. Ecclesiastical. to grant or pronounce remission of sins to. to remit (a sin) by absolution. to declare (censure, as excommunication) removed.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin absolvere ‘set free, acquit’, from ab- ‘from’ + solvere ‘loosen’.