[in-uh-suh nt] /ˈɪn ə sənt/
free from moral wrong; without sin; pure:
free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless:
innocent of the crime.
not involving evil intent or motive:
an innocent misrepresentation.
not causing physical or moral injury; harmless:
devoid (usually followed by of):
a law innocent of merit.
having or showing the simplicity or naiveté of an unworldly person; guileless; ingenuous.
uninformed or unaware; ignorant.
an innocent person.
a young child.
a guileless person.
a simpleton or idiot.
Usually, innocents. (used with a singular verb) (def 1).
not corrupted or tainted with evil or unpleasant emotion; sinless; pure
not guilty of a particular crime; blameless
(postpositive) foll by of. free (of); lacking: innocent of all knowledge of history
credulous, naive, or artless
an innocent person, esp a young child or an ingenuous adult
a simple-minded person; simpleton
mid-14c., “doing no evil, free from sin or guilt,” from Old French inocent “harmless; not guilty; pure” (11c.), from Latin innocentem (nominative innocens) “not guilty, harmless, blameless,” from in- “not” (see in- (1)) + nocentem (nominative nocens), present participle of nocere “to harm” (see noxious). Meaning “free from guilt of a specific crime or charge” is from late 14c. The earliest use was as a noun, “person who is innocent of sin or evil” (c.1200). The Holy Innocents (early 14c.) were the young children slain by Herod sfter the birth of Jesus (Matt. ii:16).
innocent in·no·cent (ĭn’ə-sənt)
Not apparently harmful; benign.
- Innocent V
noun 1. (Pierre de Tarentaise) c1225–76, French ecclesiastic: pope 1276.
- Innocent VI
noun 1. (Étienne Aubert) died 1362, French jurist and ecclesiastic: pope 1352–62.
- Innocent VII
noun 1. (Cosimo de’ Migliorati) 1336–1406, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1404–06.
- Innocent VIII
noun 1. (Giovanni Battista Cibò) 1432–92, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1484–92.