Anglo-Norman assoiler, from the tonic stem of Old French asoldre (modern absoudre), from Latin absolvere, present active infinitive of absolvō (“absolve”).
assoil (third-person singular simple present assoils, present participle assoiling, simple past and past participle assoiled)
- (transitive, archaic) To absolve, acquit; to release from blame or sin.
- (archaic) To set free, release.
- 1590, Edmund Spendser, The Faerie Queene, I.x:
- But first thou must a season fast and pray, / Till from her bands the spright assoiled is [...].
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