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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.
- Dr. H. More
- acquitted and assoiled from the guilt
- Jeremy Taylor
- Many persons think themselves fairly assoiled, because they are […] not of scandalous lives.
- (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 hands the spright assoiled is [...].
- To solve; to clear up.
- Bishop Jewel
- Any child might soon be able to assoil this riddle.
- To expiate; to atone for.
- E. Arnold
- Let each act assoil a fault.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
- To remove; to put off.
- She soundly slept, and careful thoughts did quite assoil.