innocence

[in-uh-suh ns]

noun


Nearby words

  1. inning,
  2. innings,
  3. inniskilling,
  4. innit,
  5. innkeeper,
  6. innocency,
  7. innocense,
  8. innocent,
  9. innocent i,
  10. innocent i, saint

Origin of innocence

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word innocentia. See innocent, -ence

Related formssu·per·in·no·cence, noun

Can be confusedinnocence innocents

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British Dictionary definitions for innocence

innocence

noun

the quality or state of being innocentArchaic word: innocency (ˈɪnəsənsɪ)

Word Origin for innocence

C14: from Latin innocentia harmlessness, from innocēns doing no harm, blameless, from in- 1 + nocēns harming, from nocēre to hurt, harm; see noxious

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Word Origin and History for innocence

innocence

n.

mid-14c., "freedom from guilt," from Old French inocence "innocence, purity, chastity" (12c.), from Latin innocentia, from innocens "harmless, blameless" (see innocent). Meaning "lacking in guile or artifice" is from late 14c.

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