MEANING: verb tr.: 1. To free from blame. 2. To release from a task or obligation.

ETYMOLOGY: from Latin ex- (from) + onus (burden), which also gave English onus and onerous. Earliest documented use: 1524.

EXOPERATE - I hear they kicked the surgeon off the hospital staff

EXOVERATE - I divorced him 'cause he was much too heavy

EXFONERATE - that's what I used to pay for my land line