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exonerate

[ ig-zon-uh-reyt ]
/ 瑟g藞z蓲n 蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ex路on路er路at路ed, ex路on路er路at路ing.
to clear, as of an accusation; free from guilt or blame; exculpate: He was exonerated from the accusation of cheating.
to relieve, as from an obligation, duty, or task.
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Origin of exonerate

First recorded in 1515鈥25; late Middle English, from Latin exoner膩tus (past participle of exoner膩re 鈥渢o unburden, discharge鈥), equivalent to ex- 鈥渙ut of, from; thoroughly鈥 + oner- (stem of onus ) 鈥渁 burden鈥 + -膩tus past participle suffix; see ex-1, -ate1

synonym study for exonerate

1. See absolve.

OTHER WORDS FROM exonerate

ex路on路er路a路tion [ig-zon-uh-rey-shuhn], /瑟g藢z蓲n 蓹藞re瑟 蕛蓹n/, nounex路on路er路a路tive, adjectiveex路on路er路a路tor, nounun路ex路on路er路a路tive, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH exonerate

exculpate, exonerate , inculpate
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British Dictionary definitions for exonerate

exonerate
/ (瑟伞藞z蓲n蓹藢re瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to clear or absolve from blame or a criminal charge
to relieve from an obligation or task; exempt

Derived forms of exonerate

exoneration, nounexonerative, adjectiveexonerator, noun

Word Origin for exonerate

C16: from Latin exoner膩re to free from a burden, from onus a burden
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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