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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Definitions for nocent

  1. harmful; injurious.
  2. Archaic. guilty.

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Citations for nocent
Not yet in horrid shade or dismal den, / Nor nocent yet, but on the grassy herb / Fearless unfeared he slept. John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1667
He divides his treatise into 'bad and nocent books; bad books, but not nocent; books not bad, but nocent; books neither bad nor nocent.' Isaac Disraeli, Curiosities of Literature, Volume III, 1824
Origin of nocent
late Middle English
1400-1450
Nocent derives from Latin nocent-, the stem of nocēns, present participle of nocēre “to harm.” The widespread Proto-Indo-European root nek-, nok- underlies Latin nocēre and its derivatives noxa, noxia “harm, injury,” and the adjective noxius “harmful, noxious.” From the variant nek- Latin derives nex (stem nec-) “death, violent death, murder,” the root of the adjectives internecīnus and perniciōsus “ruinous, deadly, pernicious.” From nek- Greek derives nekrós “corpse, dead body,” and the source of the first element of necromancy (communication with the dead), necrophilia (sexual attraction to a corpse), and nectar (Greek néktar), the (red) drink of the Olympian gods, literally “overcoming death.” Nocent entered English in the 15th century.