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



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.
    • Dr. H. More
      acquitted and assoiled from the guilt
    • Jeremy Taylor
      Many persons think themselves fairly assoiled, because they are [] not of scandalous lives.
  2. (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 [...].
  3. To solve; to clear up.
    • Bishop Jewel
      Any child might soon be able to assoil this riddle.
  4. 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?)
  5. To remove; to put off.
    • Spenser
      She soundly slept, and careful thoughts did quite assoil.

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