assoil

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v assoil pronounce not guilty of criminal charges "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Assoil To expiate; to atone for. "Let each act assoil a fault."
    • Assoil To remove; to put off. "She soundly slept, and careful thoughts did quite assoil ."
    • Assoil To set free from guilt; to absolve. "Acquitted and assoiled from the guilt.""Many persons think themselves fairly assoiled , because they are . . . not of scandalous lives."
    • Assoil To set free; to release. "Till from her hands the spright assoiled is."
    • v. t Assoil To soil; to stain. "Ne'er assoil my cobwebbed shield."
    • Assoil To solve; to clear up. "Any child might soon be able to assoil this riddle."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • assoil To solve; clear up.
    • assoil To release; set free; acquit; pardon; absolve.
    • assoil To remove; dispel.
    • assoil To soil; stain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Assoil as-soil′ to loosen from: to absolve or acquit: to solve:
    • v.t Assoil as-soil′ to soil, stain, or make dirty.
    • v.t Assoil as-soil′ (Spens.) to remove, to let loose, to renew, to get rid of
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. assoiler, absoiler, assoldre, F. absoudre, L. absolvere,. See Absolve
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L.—L. ab, from, solvĕre, to loose.

Usage

In literature:

The saints assoil us!
"The Black Arrow a Tale of Two Roses" by Robert Louis Stevenson
And then he kneeled down on his knee, and prayed the Bishop to shrive him and assoil him.
"Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II (of II)" by Thomas Malory
Come, thou must be assoiled out of hand.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
Whatever hap to him, my conscience is assoiled.
"Sybil or the Two Nations" by Benjamin Disraeli
God assoil thee, brother mine.
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Then said Sir Reginald: But if thou assoil not the King and all other standing in the curse it shall cost thee thy life.
"England of My Heart--Spring" by Edward Hutton
Observe the use of the words "shrive" and "assoiled.
"Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn" by Lafcadio Hearn
At least our own priests will assoil us for such sins.
"For the Faith" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Assoiled, x, 52, absolved.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
Since heaven itself has assoiled you.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
They stand assoiled and quit Of all sins, blessed by Turpin in God's name.
"La Chanson de Roland" by Léon Gautier
Ay, maybe he shall take less assoiling than hath done that dead woman.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
E'er I depart I would assoil my soul of all taint.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
Although "assoiling" is an excellent old English word.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
Rogues were they all; but the white dust assoils 'em!
"The Lord of Misrule" by Alfred Noyes
The saints assoil us!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The saints assoil us!
"The Black Arrow" by Robert Louis Stevenson
And yet simultaneously he was innocent, assoiled, acquitted.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
May the Lord God assoil him never for his treasonable deed.
"Aucassin & Nicolette"
Come, thou must be assoiled out of hand.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
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In poetry:

But he withal condemn'd and spoil'd
The law of works which him assoil'd:
And now the law is (in these views)
The marrow of the gospel news.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
Thy soul within the moon doth stand--
How many years of toil!
And I must bear a greater load,
And I must climb a harder road
Ere God me assoil!
"The Anchoret" by Thomas MacDonagh
"Refuse, — behold the broken arc,
The sky of all its stars despoiled;
The new germ smothered in the dark,
The snow-pure soul with sin assoiled."
"Aeropagus" by Edith Wharton
Caught the high psalms of ecstatic delight—
Heard the harps harping, like soundings of seas—
Watched earth's assoiled ones, walking in white
Under the shade of the trees.
"The Shade Of The Trees" by Margaret Junkin Preston