innocent


adjective

  1. free from moral wrong; without sin; pure: innocent children.
  2. free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless: innocent of the crime.
  3. not involving evil intent or motive: an innocent misrepresentation.
  4. not causing physical or moral injury; harmless: innocent fun.
  5. devoid (usually followed by of): a law innocent of merit.
  6. having or showing the simplicity or naiveté of an unworldly person; guileless; ingenuous.
  7. uninformed or unaware; ignorant.

noun

  1. an innocent person.
  2. a young child.
  3. a guileless person.
  4. a simpleton or idiot.
  5. Usually innocents. (used with a singular verb) bluet(def 1).

noun

  1. Saint,died a.d. 417, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 401–417.

noun

  1. Gregorio Papareschi, died 1143, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1130–43.

noun

  1. Giovanni Lotario de’ Conti, 1161?–1216, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1198–1216.

noun

  1. Sinbaldo de Fieschi, c1180–1254, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1243–54.

noun

  1. Pierre de Tarentaise, c1225–76, French ecclesiastic: pope 1276.

noun

  1. Étienne Aubert, died 1362, French jurist and ecclesiastic: pope 1352–62.

noun

  1. Cosimo de’ Migliorati, 1336–1406, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1404–06.

noun

  1. Giovanni Battista Cibò, 1432–92, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1484–92.

noun

  1. Giovanni Antonio Facchinetti, 1519–91, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1591.

noun

  1. Giambattista Pamfili, 1574–1655, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1644–55.

noun

  1. Benedetto Odescalchi, 1611–89, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1676–89.

noun

  1. Antonio Pignatelli, 1615–1700, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1691–1700.

noun

  1. Michelangelo Conti, 1655–1724, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1721–24.

adjective

  1. not corrupted or tainted with evil or unpleasant emotion; sinless; pure
  2. not guilty of a particular crime; blameless
  3. (postpositive foll by of) free (of); lackinginnocent of all knowledge of history
    1. harmless or innocuousan innocent game
    2. not cancerousan innocent tumour
  4. credulous, naive, or artless
  5. simple-minded; slow-witted

noun

  1. an innocent person, esp a young child or an ingenuous adult
  2. a simple-minded person; simpleton

noun

  1. original name Gregorio Papareschi. died 1143, pope (1130–43). He condemned Abelard’s teachings

noun

  1. original name Giovanni Lotario de’ Conti. ?1161–1216, pope (1198–1216), under whom the temporal power of the papacy reached its height. He instituted the Fourth Crusade (1202) and a crusade against the Albigenses (1208), and called the fourth Lateran Council (1215)

noun

  1. original name Sinibaldo de’ Fieschi. died 1254, pope (1243–54); an unrelenting enemy of Emperor Frederick II and his heirs
adj.

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).

adj.

  1. Not apparently harmful; benign.

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