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/ ɪgˈzɒn əˌreɪt /
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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
synonym study for exonerate
1. See absolve.
OTHER WORDS FROM exonerateex·on·er·a·tion [ig-zon-uh-rey-shuhn], /ɪgˌzɒn əˈreɪ ʃən/, nounex·on·er·a·tive, adjectiveex·on·er·a·tor, nounun·ex·on·er·a·tive, adjective
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How to use exonerate in a sentence
This may not seem, at first thought, the most heroic thing to do, but an understanding of their time exonerates them.The Spanish Pioneers|Charles F. Lummis
Schindler accuses Johann of having persuaded Beethoven to take unfit lodgings; but Beethoven expressly exonerates him from blame.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer
He commends certain officers as deserving rewards, and exonerates many of the religious from the blame of harassing the Indians.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898|Emma Helen Blair
Mr. Buxton, while most loudly inveighing against the foul state of most British gaols, fully exonerates the governors.The Chronicles of Newgate, v. 2/2|Arthur Griffiths
“Then I should say, ignorance on the part of the buyers at this vendue, exonerates the dealer from all blame,” said Eleanor.Polly's Business Venture|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for exonerate
/ (ɪɡˈzɒnəˌreɪt) /
to clear or absolve from blame or a criminal charge
to relieve from an obligation or task; exempt
Derived forms of exonerateexoneration, nounexonerative, adjectiveexonerator, noun
Word Origin for exonerate
C16: from Latin exonerāre to free from a burden, from onus a burden
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