Redeem vs Absolve - What's the difference?

redeem | absolve |


In lang=en terms the difference between redeem and absolve

is that redeem is to restore the reputation or honour of oneself or something while absolve is to pass a course or test; to gain credit for a class; to qualify academically.

As verbs the difference between redeem and absolve

is that redeem is to recover ownership of something by buying it back while absolve is to set free, release or discharge (from obligations, debts, responsibility etc) .

redeem

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To recover ownership of something by buying it back.
  • To liberate by payment of a ransom.
  • To set free by force.
  • To save, rescue
  • To clear, release from debt or blame
  • To expiate, atone (for ...)
  • (finance) To convert (some bond or security) into cash
  • To save from a state of sin (and from its consequences).
  • To repair, restore
  • To reform, change (for the better)
  • To restore the reputation or honour of oneself or something.
  • (archaic) To reclaim
  • Synonyms

    * (recover ownership) buy back, repurchase

    Antonyms

    * abandon

    Derived terms

    * redeem oneself * redeemable * redeemably * redeemer * unredeemable * unredeemably * unredeemed

    absolve

    English

    Verb

    (absolv)
  • To set free, release or discharge (from obligations, debts, responsibility etc.).
  • You will absolve a subject from his allegiance.
  • *
  • (obsolete) To resolve; to explain; to solve.
  • * '>citation
  • To pronounce free from or give absolution for a penalty, blame, or guilt.
  • (legal) To pronounce not guilty; to grant a pardon for.
  • *
  • (theology) To grant a remission of sin; to give absolution to.
  • *
  • (theology) To remit a sin; to give absolution for a sin.
  • *
  • (obsolete) To finish; to accomplish.
  • * , line 94
  • and the work begun, how soon absolv’d ,
  • To pass a course or test; to gain credit for a class; to qualify academically.
  • Usage notes

    * Normally followed by the word from . * Normally followed by the word from .

    Synonyms

    * (set free) excuse, exempt, free, release * (pronounce free or give absolution) acquit, exculpate, exonerate, pardon, remit, vindicate * remit

    Derived terms

    * absolver

    References

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