- the quality or state of being innocent; freedom from sin or moral wrong.
- freedom from legal or specific wrong; guiltlessness: The prisoner proved his innocence.
- simplicity; absence of guile or cunning; naiveté.
- lack of knowledge or understanding.
- harmlessness; innocuousness.
- an innocent person or thing.
- bluet(def 1).
- blue-eyed Mary.
Origin of innocence
Related Words for innocencesrighteousness, virtue, probity, uprightness, chastity, incorruptibility, purity, impeccability, incorruption, simplicity, frankness, unfamiliarity, plainness, lack, freshness, ignorance, inexperience, nescience, sincerity, unawareness
Examples from the Web for innocences
Historical Examples of innocences
Death is theirs, The death of innocences and despairs; The dying of the golden and the grey.Later Poems
Its misfortunes, its infirmities, its innocences were counted to it as sins.The Combined Maze
Mrs. Besant, with her innocences and enthusiasms, was a baby in the hands of this female Cagliostro.Flowers of Freethought
George W. Foote
- the quality or state of being innocentArchaic word: innocency (ˈɪnəsənsɪ)
Word Origin for innocence
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.