Scottish form of assoil (reflecting Middle English -lȝ-).
- (transitive, law) To absolve, acquit; to release from blame or sin.
1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
- There is more than mere strength, there seems as if the whole soul and spirit of the champion were given to every blow which he deals upon his enemies. God assoilzie him of the sin of bloodshed! — it is fearful, yet magnificent, to behold how the arm and heart of one man can triumph over hundreds.
1830, Mary Shelley, The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck:
- "Cousin," replied Desmond, "one son of York made my father, whose soul God assoilzie! Lord Deputy; another chopped off his head--so much for the White Rose..."
2017, Sheriff Ross, giving judgment in the case of Macdonald v Clydesdale Bank:
- In these circumstances, I will uphold the defender’s fourth plea-in-law ... and assoilzie the defender from the craves of the initial writ.