exonerate

[ ig-zon-uh-reyt ]
/ ɪgˈzɒn əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), ex·on·er·at·ed, ex·on·er·at·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

1515–25; late Middle English < Latin exonerātus (past participle of exonerāre to unburden, discharge), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + oner- (stem of onus) a burden + -ātus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM exonerate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH exonerate

exculpate exonerate inculpate

synonym study for exonerate

1. See absolve.
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British Dictionary definitions for exonerate

exonerate
/ (ɪɡˈzɒnəˌreɪt) /

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 exonerāre to free from a burden, from onus a burden
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