assoil

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Assoil \As*soil"\, verb (used with an object) [OF. assoiler, absoiler, assoldre, F. absoudre, L. absolvere. See {Absolve}.]

1. To set free; to release. [Archaic]

Till from her hands the spright assoiled is. --Spenser.

2. To solve; to clear up. [Obs.]

Any child might soon be able to assoil this riddle. --Bp. Jewel.

3. To set free from guilt; to absolve. [Archaic]

Acquitted and assoiled from the guilt. --Dr. H. More.

Many persons think themselves fairly assoiled, because they are . . . not of scandalous lives. --Jer. Taylor.

4. To expiate; to atone for. [Archaic] --Spenser.

Let each act assoil a fault. --E. Arnold.

5. To remove; to put off. [Obs.]

She soundly slept, and careful thoughts did quite assoil. --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Assoil \As*soil"\, verb (used with an object) [Pref. ad- + soil.] To soil; to stain. [Obs. or Poet.] --Beau. & Fl.

Ne'er assoil my cobwebbed shield. --Wordsworth.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

assoil

verb

1: pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges" [syn: {acquit}, {assoil}, {clear}, {discharge}, {exonerate}, {exculpate}] [ant: {convict}]


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