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Pos: Noun

Noun innocence has 3 senses

1.  innocence(n = noun.attribute) artlessness, ingenuousness, naturalness - the quality of innocent naivete;
is a kind of naiveness, naivete, naivety
has particulars: innocency
Derived form adjective innocent4

2.  innocence(n = noun.state) pureness, purity, sinlessness, whiteness - the state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil;
is a kind of condition, status
has particulars: cleanness
Derived form adjective innocent3

3.  innocence(n = noun.state) - a state or condition of being innocent of a specific crime or offense; "the trial established his innocence"
is a kind of
condition, status
has particulars: blamelessness, guiltlessness, inculpability, inculpableness, clear
Antonym: guilt
Derived form adjective innocent1


innocence, n. [F. innocence, L. innocentia. See Innocent.].

1.  The state or quality of being innocent; freedom from that which is harmful or infurious; harmlessness. [1913 Webster]

2.  The state or quality of being morally free from guilt or sin; purity of heart; blamelessness. [1913 Webster]
"The silence often of pure innocence
Persuades when speaking fails.
" [1913 Webster]
"Banished from man's life his happiest life,
Simplicity and spotless innocence!
" [1913 Webster]

3.  The state or quality of being not chargeable for, or guilty of, a particular crime or offense; as, the innocence of the prisoner was clearly shown. [1913 Webster]

4.  Simplicity or plainness, bordering on weakness or silliness; artlessness; ingenuousness. Chaucer. Shak.

Syn. -- Harmlessness; innocuousness; blamelessness; purity; sinlessness; guiltlessness.



N  artlessness, nature, simplicity, innocence, bonhomie, naivete, abandon, candor, sincerity, singleness of purpose, singleness of heart, honesty, plain speaking, epanchement, rough diamond, matter of fact man, le palais de verite, enfant terrible, artless, natural, pure, native, confiding, simple, lain, inartificial, untutored, unsophisticated, ingenu, unaffected, naive, sincere, frank, open, open as day, candid, ingenuous, guileless, unsuspicious, honest, innocent, Arcadian, undesigning, straightforward, unreserved, aboveboard, simple-minded, single-minded, frank-hearted, open-hearted, single-hearted, simple-hearted, free-spoken, plain-spoken, outspoken, blunt, downright, direct, matter of fact, unpoetical, unflattering, in plain words, in plain English, without mincing the matter, not to mince the matter, Davus sum non Oedipus, liberavi animam meam, as frank as rain on cherry blossoms.


N  virtue, virtuousness, morality, moral rectitude, integrity, nobleness, morals, ethics, cardinal virtues, merit, worth, desert, excellence, credit, self-control, self-denial, well-doing, good actions, good behavior, discharge of duty, fulfillment of duty, performance of duty, well-spent life, innocence, virtuous, good, innocent, meritorious, deserving, worthy, desertful, correct, dutiful, duteous, moral, right, righteous, right- minded, well-intentioned, creditable, laudable, commendable, praiseworthy, above all praise, beyond all praise, excellent, admirable, sterling, pure, noble, whole-souled, exemplary, matchless, peerless, saintly, saint-like, heaven-born, angelic, seraphic, godlike, virtuously, adj, e merito, esse quam videri bonus malebat, Schonheit vergeht Tugend besteht, virtue the greatest of all monarchies, virtus laudatur et alget, virtus vincit invidiam.


N  innocence, guiltlessness, incorruption, impeccability, clean hands, clear conscience, mens sibi conscia recti, innocent, lamb, dove, innocent, not guilty, unguilty, guiltless, faultless, sinless, stainless, bloodless, spotless, clear, immaculate, rectus in curia, unspotted, unblemished, unerring, undefiled, unhardened, Saturnian, Arcadian, inculpable, unculpable, unblamed, unblamable, blameless, unfallen, inerrable, above suspicion, irreproachable, irreprovable, irreprehensible, unexceptionable, unobjectionable, unimpeachable, salvable, venial, harmless, inoffensive, innoxious, innocuous, dove-like, lamb-like, pure, harmless as doves, innocent as a lamb, innocent as the babe unborn, more sinned against than sinning, virtuous, unreproved, unimpeached, unreproached, innocently, with clean hands, with a clear conscience, with a safe conscience, murus aeneus conscientia sana.