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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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ABSOLVE YOURSELF Keep a food diary for a couple of days to see how much fruit and veg you are actually eating and then sneak in more.
But--as her very next sentence makes clear--Dickerson does not absolve the black community of responsibility in all this: "Blacks need to accept this and then get over it--and get even .
Gadon, the complainant in the impeachment against Sereno, earlier said he was 'verifying information' that a still unnamed oligarch promised to bribe some senators to absolve her in the impeachment trial.
But history will not absolve the ruthless figure who oversaw the slaughter of more than 250,000 men women and children.
They expected us to absolve the mistake," Eisner says.
The final approved text of 1965 did not absolve "the Jewish authorities and their followers" who urged the death of Christ.
Thus, the filing for bankruptcy protection by a condominium unit owner does not absolve his tenant from the responsibility to pay common charges to the Condominium for as long as the tenant occupies the unit.
Perhaps here lies the ultimate lesson which, if it does not fully absolve the artist from his political mishandlings, might point to the true nature of the photographer's activity as one that is forever partial, biased, and fragmentary.
Either way, Baird or her handlers felt she could gain sympathy and perhaps even absolve herself of some responsibility if Gewirtz was prepared to shoulder blame.
client in failing to detect fraud by its credit manager and vice-president did not absolve the accounting firm from its duty to detect fraud while auditing the client.
The Los Angeles Zoo and John Lewis cannot absolve themselves from gross negligence with the resignation of a zookeeper when the zoo is responsible for creating the conditions that led to Gita's death.
Our elected Government have no right to absolve themselves from making this decision, which is theirs and theirs alone.
Leila de Lima and absolve her of drug-related charges.
In a reflective interview, years later, she did not absolve herself and other blacks of her generation of blame for failing to pass on the torch.
During the distraction of a mule kicking a cursing bandit, Holbein said swiftly and quietly, "I absolve you from all your sins in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.