Word of the Day: Innocent


adjective \ˈi-nə-sənt\

: not guilty of a crime or other wrong act

: not deserving to be harmed

: lacking experience with the world and the bad things that happen in life

Full Definition of INNOCENT

a :  free from guilt or sin especially through lack of knowledge of evil :  blameless <an innocent child>

b :  harmless in effect or intention <searching for a hidden motive in even the most innocent conversation — Leonard Wibberley>; also :  candid <gave me an innocent gaze>

c :  free from legal guilt or fault; also :  lawful <a wholly innocent transaction>

a :  lacking or reflecting a lack of sophistication, guile, or self-consciousness :  artless, ingenuous

b :  ignorant <almost entirely innocent of Latin — C. L. Wrenn>; also :  unaware <perfectly innocent of the confusion he had created — B. R. Haydon>

:  lacking or deprived of something <her face innocent of cosmetics — Marcia Davenport>
innocent noun
in·no·cent·ly adverb

Examples of INNOCENT

  1. He says that he is innocent of the crime.
  2. She was found innocent of all charges.
  3. A person accused of a crime is considered innocent until proven guilty.
  4. Someone told your secret, but it wasn’t me. I’m innocent.

Origin of INNOCENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin innocent-, innocens, from in- + nocent-, nocens wicked, from present participle of nocēre to harm — more at noxious

First Known Use: 14th century

Related to INNOCENT


biographical name \ˈi-nə-sənt\

Definition of INNOCENT

name of 13 popes: especially II d 1143 (pope 1130–43); III 1160(or 1161)–1216 (pope 1198–1216); IV d 1254 (pope 1243–54); XI 1611–1689 (pope 1676–89)


adjective \ˈin-ə-sənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INNOCENT

: lacking capacity to injure : benign <an innocent tumor> <innocent heart murmurs>

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