assoil

verb
as·​soil | \ ə-ˈsȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce assoil (audio) \
assoiled; assoiling; assoils

Definition of assoil

transitive verb

1 archaic : absolve, pardon
2 archaic : acquit, clear
3 archaic : expiate

Other Words from assoil

assoilment \ ə-​ˈsȯi(-​ə)l-​mənt How to pronounce assoilment (audio) \ noun, archaic

First Known Use of assoil

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for assoil

Middle English, from Anglo-French assoilé, past participle of assoudre to absolve, from Latin absolvere

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“Assoil.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assoil. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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