- free from moral wrong; without sin; pure: innocent children.
- 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: innocent fun.
- 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) bluet(def 1).
- Saint,died a.d. 417, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 401–417.
- Gregorio Papareschi, died 1143, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1130–43.
- Giovanni Lotario de’ Conti, 1161?–1216, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1198–1216.
- Sinbaldo de Fieschi, c1180–1254, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1243–54.
- Pierre de Tarentaise, c1225–76, French ecclesiastic: pope 1276.
- Étienne Aubert, died 1362, French jurist and ecclesiastic: pope 1352–62.
- Cosimo de’ Migliorati, 1336–1406, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1404–06.
- Giovanni Battista Cibò, 1432–92, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1484–92.
- Giovanni Antonio Facchinetti, 1519–91, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1591.
- Giambattista Pamfili, 1574–1655, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1644–55.
- Benedetto Odescalchi, 1611–89, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1676–89.
- Antonio Pignatelli, 1615–1700, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1691–1700.
- Michelangelo Conti, 1655–1724, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1721–24.
- not corrupted or tainted with evil or unpleasant emotion; sinless; pure
- not guilty of a particular crime; blameless
- (postpositive foll by of) free (of); lackinginnocent of all knowledge of history
- harmless or innocuousan innocent game
- not cancerousan innocent tumour
- credulous, naive, or artless
- simple-minded; slow-witted
- an innocent person, esp a young child or an ingenuous adult
- a simple-minded person; simpleton
- original name Gregorio Papareschi. died 1143, pope (1130–43). He condemned Abelard’s teachings
- 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)
- original name Sinibaldo de’ Fieschi. died 1254, pope (1243–54); an unrelenting enemy of Emperor Frederick II and his heirs
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).
- Not apparently harmful; benign.