Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: abrogate – absolve
abrogate, v. [L. abrogāt-us, repeal.]
Reverse; rescind; annul; do away with.
abrupt, adv. [L. abrupt-us, break off.]
Suddenly; unexpectedly; with force; without preparation; breaking open; [fig.] separating the body and spirit in death.
abscond (-s), v. [L. abscond-ěre, hide or stow away.]
- Leave mysteriously; become reclusive; retire from society; hide away from people.
- Withdraw; disappear.
absence, n. [Fr. absence; see absent, adj.] (webplay: home, place).
Departure; being away; not being present; remaining at a distance.
absent, adj. [Fr. absent < L. ab + sum, to be away.] (webplay: away, mind, place).
- Silent because not present.
- Away; far off; not present; distant in place.
- Missing; distant in time.
absentee, n. [see absent, adj.] (webplay: away).
Invisible being; person not present; one who has left; one who lives in a far place; one who has gone away from home; [fig.] deceased; departed one; one who is dead.
absently, adv. [see absent, v.] (webplay: mind).
Mindlessly; unconsciously; carelessly; indifferently; without presence of mind.
absolute, adj. [Fr. absolut < L. absolūt-um, loosened, free, acquitted.] (webplay: die, earth, equation, God, independent, live).
- Unavoidable; inescapable; inevitable.
- Real; objective; ideal; perfect; unchangeable; not relative; unaffected by outward perception; independent of cause and effect.
- Persistent; independent of any hindrance.
- Whole; full; entire; final; complete in time; [fig.] deathlike.
- Necessary; essential; imperative; obligatory; basic.
- Sure; certain; definite; positive.
- Authoritative; unquestionable; unconditional; elemental; inalterable; supreme; divine.
absolute, n. [see absolute, adj.] (webplay: die, live, gravity, independent, philosophy, relative).
- Independence; autonomy; supremacy; sovereignty in its own sphere.
- Incomparable being; divine person; ultimate reality; unchangeable entity; eternal nature of Deity in contrast with relativity; immortality in contrast with the uncertain nature of mortality.
absolve (-d), v. [L. absolvěre, loosen, acquit, complete; see absolute. adj.]
Excuse; vindicate; separate; resolve; set free; release from obligation.