ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: assoil

assoil (ə-soil′), verb
1. To absolve; to pardon
2. To atone for.

I think the term is still in use in Scots law.

Etymology: old French assoldre, from Latin absolvere, to set free.

A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage lists it as an "obsolete ecclesiastical word for the reversal of an excommunication".
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