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innocence

[in-uh-suh ns]
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noun
  1. the quality or state of being innocent; freedom from sin or moral wrong.
  2. freedom from legal or specific wrong; guiltlessness: The prisoner proved his innocence.
  3. simplicity; absence of guile or cunning; naiveté.
  4. lack of knowledge or understanding.
  5. harmlessness; innocuousness.
  6. chastity.
  7. an innocent person or thing.
  8. bluet(def 1).
  9. blue-eyed Mary.
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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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  • I think this blessing comes from the Divine, by reason of the innocence of his life.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Is there any other wisdom, than true simplicity and innocence?

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Listen to the voice that tries to win you back to innocence and truth!

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • He wished to be dressed completely in white, as a symbol of his innocence.

  • It is natural to goodness and innocence, but not the less is the error a disastrous one.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for innocence

innocence

noun
  1. the quality or state of being innocentArchaic word: innocency (ˈɪnəsənsɪ)
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Word Origin

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

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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