Free from guilt, sin, or immorality.
* 1606 , , IV. iii. 16:
Bearing no legal responsibility for a wrongful act.
* 1600 , , V. ii. 37:
- to offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb
(obsolete) Not harmful; innocuous; harmless.
- I can find out no rhyme to / 'lady' but 'baby' – an innocent rhyme;
* Alexander Pope
- an innocent medicine or remedy
Having no knowledge (of something).
- The spear / Sung innocent , and spent its force in air.
Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture.
- an innocent trade
- 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
Those who are innocent; young children.
- The slaughter of the innocents was a significant event in the New Testament.
* acquite (archaic)
To declare or find not guilty; innocent.
To set free, release or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge.
* 1775 , , The Duenna
- The jury acquitted the prisoner ''of'' the charge.
* 1837 , , “Lord Bacon” in The Edinburgh Review , July 1837
- His poverty, can you acquit him of that?
(obsolete, rare) To pay for; to atone for
* , line 1071
- If he [Bacon] was convicted, it was because it was impossible to acquit him without offering the grossest outrage to justice and common sense.
To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite, to fulfill.
* , 1200
- Till life to death acquit my forced offence.
* 1640 , , Tasso
- ‘Aquyte him wel, for goddes love,’ quod he;
* 1836 , , Orations I-382
- Midst foes (as champion of the faith) he ment / That palme or cypress should his painees acquite .
* 1844 , ” in Essays: second series
- I admit it to be not so much the duty as the privilege of an American citizen to acquit this obligation to the memory of his fathers with discretion and generosity.
(reflexive) To clear one’s self.
* , III-ii
- We see young men who owe us a new world, so readily and lavishly they promise, but they never acquit the debt; they die young and dodge the account: or if they live, they lose themselves in the crowd.
(reflexive) To bear or conduct one’s self; to perform one’s part.
- Pray God he may acquit him of suspicion!
- The soldier acquitted himself well in battle.
* November 2 2014 , Daniel Taylor, "
- The orator acquitted himself very poorly.
Sergio Agüero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United," guardian.co.uk
* 1766 , , The vicar of Wakefield , xiv
- Van Gaal responded by replacing Adnan Januzaj with Carrick and, in fairness, the emergency centre-half did exceedingly well given that he has not played since May. McNair also acquitted himself well after Rojo was injured sliding into a challenge with Martín Demichelis
(obsolete) To release, set free, rescue.
* , I-vii-52
- Though this was one of the first mercantile transactions of my life, yet I had no doubt about acquitting myself with reputation.
* , I-iii
- Till I have acquit your captive Knight.
- I am glad I am so acquit of this tinder box.
* acquital, acquittal
* (to declare innocent) condemn, convict