- causing harm or injury; hurtful
- guilty or criminal
Origin of nocentLate Middle English from Classical Latin nocens, present participle of nocere, to harm: see necro-
Origin of nocentMiddle English nocent guilty from Latin nocēns nocent- present participle of nocēre to harm ; see nek-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English nocent (“guilty"), from Latin nocens, present participle of nocere (“to harm")