Noun Absolving Definition and Examples


Noun:

Absolving

Pronunciation:

/əbˈzɒlv/

Definition:
1.

verb

Declare (someone) free from guilt, obligation, or punishment.
  1. 'By concentrating all evil in the oppressors, it absolves the victims from examining their own failings.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'There, he says, the cost of calling you or attaching a note to the bottle was low, hence the supplier's failure to secure your consent absolves you of all obligation to pay.'
  4. 'The candidate takes the failure on himself and, in that way, absolves his followers of responsibility for the defeat and allows them to go on their way with a feeling of closure.'
  5. 'Readying ourselves for conventional war does not, however, absolve us from undertaking a major transformation in the way we think about, and conceive of, the use of military force.'
  6. 'Ignorance does not absolve you from the rule of law you know.'
  7. 'And therefore I was absolved from having to get up at a ridiculous time and then pay ten pounds for breakfast given that I'd already taken part in the ritual.'
  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. 'Instead he sent a message of support paying tribute to those who took part in the dispute and added: ‘I was proud to be part of it and I know that history will absolve us.’'
  10. '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.'
  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. '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.'
  14. 'It comes from the Roman Catholic practice of confessing one's sins and being absolved of them, or ‘shriven’.'
  15. 'The first sequence spoke to me of how merciful God is for absolving my transgressions.'
  16. 'What lay chaplains cannot do is say Mass, anoint the sick, and absolve sin after confession.'
  17. 'In the Roman Catholic Church, it is the sacrament that absolves the sins of an individual through confession.'
  18. 'But on the other hand it has the sacrament of confession, whereby if you do sin you can be absolved and start afresh.'
((p. pr. & vb. n.) of Absolve)


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

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