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EtymologyEdit

From Old French inocent, borrowed from Latin innocens (harmless, inoffensive), from in- (not) + nocēns, present participle of noceō (to hurt).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnəsn̩t/
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AdjectiveEdit

innocent (comparative more innocent, superlative most innocent)

  1. Free from guilt, sin, or immorality.
    • to offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, IV. iii. 16.
    • 2018 September 26, Brian Karem, "Bethesda Resident Describes "Culture Of Privilege" Leading To Exploitation And Abuse" in The Montgomery County Sentinel[1]
      "These were not innocent times," she said.
  2. Bearing no legal responsibility for a wrongful act.
  3. Naive; artless.
  4. (obsolete except medicine) Not harmful; innocuous; harmless; benign.
    • Alexander Pope (Can we date this quote?)
      The spear / Sung innocent, and spent its force in air.
    • 2006, David J. Driscoll, Fundamentals of Pediatric Cardiology (page 43)
      Although an innocent murmur is not an obstacle to participation in sports and exercise, a pathologic murmur may necessitate restrictions on the child's physical activity.
  5. (with of) Having no knowledge (of something).
  6. (with of) Lacking (something). (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  7. Lawful; permitted.
    an innocent trade
  8. Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture.
    innocent goods carried to a belligerent nation

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innocent (plural innocents)

  1. One who is innocent, especially a young child.
    The slaughter of the innocents was a significant event in the New Testament.
  2. (obsolete) A harmless simple-minded person; an idiot.

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin innocens, innocentem (harmless, inoffensive).

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innocent (masculine and feminine plural innocents)

  1. innocent

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French inocent, borrowed from Latin innocens, innocentem (harmless, inoffensive), from in- (not) + nocēns, present participle of noceō (to hurt).

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AdjectiveEdit

innocent (feminine singular innocente, masculine plural innocents, feminine plural innocentes)

  1. innocent

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NounEdit

innocent m (plural innocents)

  1. an innocent (innocent person)
  2. (figuratively) a naive person

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