absolve Definition

  • 1declare (someone) free from guilt, obligation, or punishment
  • 2formally pronounce (a priest) free from sin or blame

Using absolve: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "absolve" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The court absolved him of all charges.

  • Example

    I absolve you from your sins.

  • Example

    The priest absolved the congregation of their sins.

absolve Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for absolve

Phrases with absolve

  • declare oneself free from responsibility or obligation


    He absolved himself from any involvement in the scandal.

  • declare someone not responsible for a mistake or wrongdoing


    The investigation absolved the company from blame in the accident.

  • release someone from an obligation or responsibility


    The doctor was absolved from duty due to illness.

Origins of absolve

from Latin 'absolvere', meaning 'to set free'


Summary: absolve in Brief

'Absolve' [abˈzɒlv] is a verb that means to declare someone free from guilt, obligation, or punishment. It can also refer to formally pronouncing a priest free from sin or blame. Examples include 'The court absolved him of all charges.' and 'I absolve you from your sins.' Phrases like 'absolve oneself' and 'absolve from blame' denote releasing oneself or others from responsibility or obligation.