- free from moral wrong; without sin; pure: innocent children.
- free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless: innocent of the crime.
- not involving evil intent or motive: an innocent misrepresentation.
- not causing physical or moral injury; harmless: innocent fun.
- devoid (usually followed by of): a law innocent of merit.
- having or showing the simplicity or naiveté of an unworldly person; guileless; ingenuous.
- uninformed or unaware; ignorant.
- an innocent person.
- a young child.
- a guileless person.
- a simpleton or idiot.
- Usually innocents. (used with a singular verb) bluet(def 1).
Origin of innocent
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- Saint,died a.d. 417, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 401–417.
- Gregorio Papareschi, died 1143, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1130–43.
- Giovanni Lotario de' Conti, 1161?–1216, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1198–1216.
- Sinbaldo de Fieschi, c1180–1254, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1243–54.
- Pierre de Tarentaise, c1225–76, French ecclesiastic: pope 1276.
- Étienne Aubert, died 1362, French jurist and ecclesiastic: pope 1352–62.
- Cosimo de' Migliorati, 1336–1406, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1404–06.
- Giovanni Battista Cibò, 1432–92, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1484–92.
- Giovanni Antonio Facchinetti, 1519–91, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1591.
- Giambattista Pamfili, 1574–1655, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1644–55.
- Benedetto Odescalchi, 1611–89, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1676–89.
- Antonio Pignatelli, 1615–1700, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1691–1700.
- Michelangelo Conti, 1655–1724, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1721–24.
Examples from the Web for innocent
There is just no way of selling this picture with an innocent defense like, “she just asked for a snap.”Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’
January 4, 2015
Denied parole nine straight times, he insists he is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Koenig must know by now that second to knowing if Adnan is innocent, we want to know if she thinks Adnan is innocent.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End
December 18, 2014
“They are innocent of the charges leveled against them,” a statement issued by Farmer, who also represents the accused, said.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
Random House is also covering the legal fees of an innocent man called Barry who was caught up in the storm.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
Emilia looked as innocent as when Hope had tended her in the cradle.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
How will every look, every action, even the most innocent, be liable to misconstruction!
See what grave reflections an innocent subject will produce!
But she is young and innocent, and her heart is her own yet.Viviette
William J. Locke
It don't do 'em any good, but just the same they all swear they're innocent.Within the Law
- not corrupted or tainted with evil or unpleasant emotion; sinless; pure
- not guilty of a particular crime; blameless
- (postpositive foll by of) free (of); lackinginnocent of all knowledge of history
- harmless or innocuousan innocent game
- not cancerousan innocent tumour
- credulous, naive, or artless
- simple-minded; slow-witted
- an innocent person, esp a young child or an ingenuous adult
- a simple-minded person; simpleton
- original name Gregorio Papareschi. died 1143, pope (1130–43). He condemned Abelard's teachings
- original name Giovanni Lotario de' Conti. ?1161–1216, pope (1198–1216), under whom the temporal power of the papacy reached its height. He instituted the Fourth Crusade (1202) and a crusade against the Albigenses (1208), and called the fourth Lateran Council (1215)
- original name Sinibaldo de' Fieschi. died 1254, pope (1243–54); an unrelenting enemy of Emperor Frederick II and his heirs
Word Origin and History for innocent
mid-14c., "doing no evil, free from sin or guilt," from Old French inocent "harmless; not guilty; pure" (11c.), from Latin innocentem (nominative innocens) "not guilty, harmless, blameless," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + nocentem (nominative nocens), present participle of nocere "to harm" (see noxious). Meaning "free from guilt of a specific crime or charge" is from late 14c. The earliest use was as a noun, "person who is innocent of sin or evil" (c.1200). The Holy Innocents (early 14c.) were the young children slain by Herod sfter the birth of Jesus (Matt. ii:16).
- Not apparently harmful; benign.