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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of absolve.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. freed from any question of guilt


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  • "And yet," said I, smiling, "I cannot quite hold myself absolved from the charge of sensationalism which has been urged against my records."

    Holmes contra Holmes

  • The bear hug is a crude hold and easily broken by anyone not inhibited by a devotion to fair play, and when attacked without warning from behind, the Saint considered himself absolved from the code of gentlemanly conduct.

    Salvage for the Saint

  • "When thou hast made a vow, do not seek to evade it, nor find excuses to get clear of the obligation of it; say not before the priest, who is called the angel or messenger of the Lord of hosts, that, upon second thoughts, thou hast changed thy mind, and desirest to be absolved from the obligation of thy vow; but stick to it, and do not seek a hole to creep out at."

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • The difference in vocal treatment comes in regarding the principal emphasis as absolute or final, as making the word absolved from, cut off from, the rest of the sentence following, and having a final stop or conclusive effect, while the secondary may be regarded as only relatively emphatic, as being related in a subordinate way to the principal, and as maintaining a connection with the rest of the sentence, or as hanging upon the words which follow, or as being a step leading up to the main idea.

    Public Speaking

  • The attack upon Chrysogonus is bold, and cannot but have been offensive to Sulla, though Sulla is by name absolved from immediate blame.

    The Life of Cicero

  • His warning came as the Azanian People抯 Organisation (Azapo) called for the prosecution of "apartheid assassins" who were "absolved" by the

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Johannesburg's mayor in terms of the Gatherings Act. In a statement released at the venue, the SAJBD and SAZF's media response team, the two bodies "absolved" Wits "totally from any responsibility vis-à-vis the safety and security of members of the audience and the media".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Mr Niehaus said the ANC still supported the position of the students on Mr Justice Leon and that they had not "absolved" him of "passing death sentences for political offences".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The UK's Daily Telegraph declares today that cows are "absolved" of causing global warming with nitrous oxide. Headlines

  • Alberto de la Cruz: Pototo: I truly respect your opinion, but I have never "absolved" the RCC.

    Babalú Blog: an island on the net without a bearded dictator


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