What does the word absolve mean?

Usage examples for absolve

  1. Let them now therefore be punished as their crime requires, and do not, while you condemn the aristocracy, absolve the people. – The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  2. I had to absolve my conscience." – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  3. The state owes it to this defendant to absolve him before the public of the obloquy of this unfounded and cruel accusation. – The Bondboy by George W. (George Washington) Ogden