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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 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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23 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting this week the Lorem Ipsum Bookstore began granting "indulgences" which absolve a shopper of a certain amount of guilt for having purchased a product from a non-independent store.
Miner, who believes that historical consciousness is the necessary premise of any genealogical project, and, following Nietzsche, makes a sharp distinction between historical spirit and historical scholarship, indirectly absolves Vico's questionable scholarship and condemns American philosophers for their lack of Historismus.
Moreover, blaming the Israelis, as the Guardian is wont to do, is an exercise in scapegoating that absolves terrorists as well as much of the Arab world: Recall that when Jordan and Egypt held the West Bank and the Gaza Strip they did not mention Palestinian statehood.
And in "setting Sam up" Thomson obviously imagines it absolves him from being a two-timing rat.
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.
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.
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.