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absolve from guilt

To consider innocent, clear of all suspicion, or pardon from any cause of guilt. The knights of the crusades committed many atrocities in their campaign, but they were absolved from guilt by the heads of the church.
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absolved from guilt

Considered innocent, cleared of all suspicion, or pardoned from any cause of guilt. The knights of the crusades committed many atrocities in their campaign, but they were regarded as absolved from guilt because of their religious patronage.
See also: absolve, guilt

absolve (one) from

To declare that someone is free from blame or responsibility for something. The evidence that the defense attorney presented in court convinced the jury to absolve his client from the crime. I know you're sorry. I absolve you from your guilt, son.
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absolve (one) of

To declare that someone is free from blame or responsibility for something. Once Betty saw the security footage of a different employee stealing money from the cash register, she absolved Jacob of the crime. I know you're sorry. I absolve you of your guilt, son.
See also: absolve, of

absolve someone from something

 and absolve someone of something
to prove that an accused person is innocent of something; to demonstrate that someone is not responsible for something. Bob attempted to absolve himself of the crime.
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After hearing the arguments, a Supreme Court bench absolved the accused of the charges with the observation that the person, who misleadingly alleged others of desecration of the Holy Quran, in fact committed blasphemy.
He added that "although [Jackson] has been absolved by the courts," referring to Jackson's recent trial for child sex abuse, it was clear that his image "cannot be put alongside that of the pope.
The seven teams who failed to race at Indianapolis last month have been absolved of blame by world governing body the FIA.
It's doubtful that an American writer who took a similar attitude toward the lynchings in the South would be absolved of the taint of racism.
The jury later found in M's favor and absolved him of all liabilities.
In December, the province's Court of Appeal ruled that the federal government is fully liable for abuse suffered by students at Indian residential schools; it absolved the United Church of Canada of any financial responsibility.
The text, according to one commentator (Leon de Poncins, 1967), "practically absolved the Jews of all responsibility for the death of Christ.
Ironically, the United States itself isn't absolved of guilt: an estimated eight hundred thousand to nine hundred thousand people are trafficked annually across international borders worldwide, with eighteen thousand to twenty thousand winding up in the United States.
Mariotto Cellesi was absolved, and his old father, Captain Lanfredino, banished the wayward Chiara from the family compound.
A federal appellate court has ruled that an employee who makes false statements about an employer cannot be absolved of responsibility by claiming that he or she was engaged in protected union activity, even if the comments are not made maliciously.
Nonetheless, he cannot be absolved of the public's suspicion.
Which of course would mean that Man, science, the Government and anyone else who's had a finger pointed at them over the catastrophic spread of this disease could be absolved of all responsibility.
Trainer David Nicholls was absolved of blame as the stewards considered Roche had failed to ride to his instructions.
Since tax laws generally exempt the first $625,000 of assets, heirs receiving easement-restricted property may find that they are absolved from an estate tax altogether.