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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.
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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.
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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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Costa Ricans who undergo sterilization must sign an authorization that absolves doctors and health institutions from any responsibility (Zenit Daily News).
Specifically, the letter denounced the Accurate Accounting Standards Certification Act of 1997 (S 1560), which essentially absolves banks from any FASB statement on derivatives in many circumstances.
In my opinion that absolves the President as far as this operation is concerned," he added.
No-kill advocacy can also be counterproductive because it absolves the public of responsibility.
Gladwell gives those "dominant forces" credit for being an alternative to the battleground, but he apparently absolves them of blame for creating the war zone in the first place.
In the report the OCT, made up of Lanarkshire Health Board and North Lanarkshire Council officials, absolves itself of any blame for delays in investigating the outbreak in November 1996.
In ruling on the petition, the CA invalidated the second panel as well as its finding of probable cause against the Reyes brothers and reinstated the findings of the first panel created also by the DOJ chief which absolves them of criminal liability.
Also in the Watergate room, after you hear the ``smoking gun'' tape - in which Nixon encourages an aide to have the CIA tell the FBI to back off its investigation for national security reasons - a commentary quickly notes that Nixon called off the dogs two weeks later (as if that absolves him of wrongdoing).
But that in no way absolves religion from the evils that it has perpetuated over time.
But Marks absolves them of all original sin - all their faults are invariably the result of contacts with whites.