Innocent vs Foolish - What's the difference?

innocent | foolish |

As adjectives the difference between innocent and foolish

is that innocent is free from guilt, sin, or immorality while foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a noun innocent

is those who are innocent; young children.




(en adjective)
  • Free from guilt, sin, or immorality.
  • * 1606 , , IV. iii. 16:
  • to offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb
  • Bearing no legal responsibility for a wrongful act.
  • Naive; artless.
  • * 1600 , , V. ii. 37:
  • I can find out no rhyme to / 'lady' but 'baby' – an innocent rhyme;
  • (obsolete) Not harmful; innocuous; harmless.
  • an innocent medicine or remedy
  • * Alexander Pope
  • The spear / Sung innocent , and spent its force in air.
  • Having no knowledge (of something).
  • Lacking (something).
  • Lawful; permitted.
  • an innocent trade
  • Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture.
  • innocent goods carried to a belligerent nation


    * (free from blame or guilt) sackless * (free from sin) pure, untainted * See also


    * (bearing no legal responsibility for a wrongful act) guilty, nocent


    (en noun)
  • Those who are innocent; young children.
  • The slaughter of the innocents was a significant event in the New Testament.




  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
  • :
  • *
  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
  • :
  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness