assoil

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English assoilen, from Anglo-Norman assoiler, from the tonic stem of Old French assoudre (modern absoudre), from Latin absolvere, present active infinitive of absolvō (I absolve). Doublet of absolve.

Verb[edit]

assoil (third-person singular simple present assoils, present participle assoiling, simple past and past participle assoiled)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To absolve, acquit; to release from blame or sin.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dr. H. More and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      acquitted and assoiled from the guilt
    • (Can we date this quote by Jeremy Taylor and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Many persons think themselves fairly assoiled, because they are [] not of scandalous lives.
  2. (archaic) To set free, release.
  3. To solve; to clear up.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bishop Jewel and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Any child might soon be able to assoil this riddle.
  4. To expiate; to atone for.
    • (Can we date this quote by E. Arnold and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Let each act assoil a fault.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  5. To remove; to put off.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      She soundly slept, and careful thoughts did quite assoil.
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

ad- +‎ soil

Verb[edit]

assoil (third-person singular simple present assoils, present participle assoiling, simple past and past participle assoiled)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To soil or stain; to make dirty.

Anagrams[edit]