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innocent

in·no·cent

innocent

 
 
pronunciation:
I n snt
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: free from corruption or knowledge of evil.
There is surely nothing more innocent than a newborn child.Their relationship was totally innocent.
synonyms:
immaculate, pure, sinless
antonyms:
corrupt, sinful, wily
similar words:
chaste, clean, guileless, impeccable, moral, virtuous
definition 2: free from guilt or blame.
Later evidence showed that they had convicted an innocent man.
synonyms:
blameless, guiltless, inculpable
antonyms:
guilty
similar words:
clean-handed, clear, faultless, irreproachable
definition 3: not guilty as determined by a court of law.
The court found her innocent of the crime.
antonyms:
criminal, guilty
similar words:
blameless, guiltless, inculpable, sinless
definition 4: without worldly experience.
She's so innocent that she has no idea that they're taking advantage of her.
synonyms:
inexperienced, naive, unsophisticated
antonyms:
experienced, worldly
similar words:
artless, callow, childlike, green, guileless, ingenuous, open, provincial, unaffected, unpretentious, unworldly, young
definition 5: harmless.
These are thought to be innocent games, but they can cause both emotional and physical harm.
synonyms:
harmless, innocuous, inoffensive
similar words:
safe, well-meant
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part of speech: noun
definition: one who is innocent, esp. a young or unsophisticated person.
Quit pretending to be an innocent; you know what's going on.He is such an innocent that I hated having to break the news to him.
synonyms:
babe, naif
similar words:
child, cub, greenhorn, ingénue, lamb, novice, tenderfoot
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derivation: innocently (adv.)
Word History
Innocent comes from a Latin word that means "not capable of doing harm."