- Innocent is defined as free from sin, guilt or wrongdoing.
An example of innocent used as an adjective is the phrase an innocent joke which means a joke that does not cause harm.
- The definition of an innocent is a person free from wrongdoing, guilt or evil.
An example of an innocent is a newborn baby.
An innocent newborn baby.
- free from sin, evil, or guilt; specif.,
- doing or thinking nothing morally wrong; pure
- not guilty of a specific crime or offense; guiltless
- free from harmful effect or cause; that does not harm, injure, or corrupt
- not malignant; benign: an innocent tumor
- knowing no evil
- without guile or cunning; artless; simple
- totally lacking: with of: innocent of adornment
Origin of innocentOld French ; from Classical Latin innocens ; from in-, not + nocens, present participle of nocere, to do wrong to: see necro-
- a person knowing no evil or sin, such as a child
- a very naive or simple-minded person
- (died 417); pope (401-417): his day is July 28
- (born Gregorio Papareschi) died 1143; pope (1130-43)
- (born Lotario de' Conti de' Segni) 1161?-1216; pope (1198-1216)
- (born Sinibaldo de' Fieschi) died 1254; pope (1243-54)
- (born Benedetto Odeschalchi) 1611-89; pope (1676-89)
- Uncorrupted by evil, malice, or wrongdoing; sinless: an innocent child.
- a. Not guilty of a specific crime or offense; legally blameless: was innocent of all charges.b. Within, allowed by, or sanctioned by the law; lawful.
- a. Not dangerous or harmful; innocuous: an innocent prank.b. Candid; straightforward: a child's innocent stare.
- a. Not experienced or worldly; naive.b. Betraying or suggesting no deception or guile; artless.
- a. Not exposed to or familiar with something specified; ignorant: American tourists wholly innocent of French.b. Unaware: She remained innocent of the complications she had caused.
- Lacking, deprived, or devoid of something: a novel innocent of literary merit.
- A person, especially a child, who is free of evil or sin.
- A simple, guileless, inexperienced, or unsophisticated person.
- A very young child.
Origin of innocentMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin innocēns, innocent- : in-, not; see in–1 + nocēns, present participle of nocēre, to harm; see nek-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more innocent, superlative most innocent)
- Free from guilt, sin, or immorality.
- to offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb
- Bearing no legal responsibility for a wrongful act.
- Naive; artless.
- (with of) Having no knowledge (of something).
- (with of) Lacking (something).
- Lawful; permitted.
- an innocent trade
- Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture.
- innocent goods carried to a belligerent nation
- Those who are innocent; young children.
- The slaughter of the innocents was a significant event in the New Testament.
Old French inocent, from Latin innocens (“harmless, inoffensive”), from in- (“not”) + nocēns, present participle of noceō (“to hurt”).