• WordNet 3.6
    • n innocence the quality of innocent naivete
    • n innocence a state or condition of being innocent of a specific crime or offense "the trial established his innocence"
    • n innocence the state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Poland's Stella Walsh (Stanislawa Walasiewicz)-won the women's 100-meter race at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, becoming the first woman to break the 12-second barrier. When she was killed in 1980 as an innocent victim in a robbery attempt, an autopsy declared her to be a male.
    • Innocence Simplicity or plainness, bordering on weakness or silliness; artlessness; ingenuousness.
    • Innocence The state or quality of being innocent; freedom from that which is harmful or infurious; harmlessness.
    • Innocence The state or quality of being morally free from guilt or sin; purity of heart; blamelessness. "The silence often of pure innocence Persuades when speaking fails.""Banished from man's life his happiest life,
      Simplicity and spotless innocence !"
    • Innocence The state or quality of being not chargeable for, or guilty of, a particular crime or offense; as, the innocence of the prisoner was clearly shown.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: This is what the red, white, and blue on the US flag represent: The Continental Congress left no record to show why it chose the colors. However, in 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows: white to mean purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country. However, there is no official designation or meaning for the colors of the flag.
    • n innocence Harmlessness; innoxiousness: as, the innocence of a neutral article of diet in disease.
    • n innocence Freedom from moral wrong; untainted purity of heart and life; unimpaired integrity; sinlessness; artlessness: as, the innocence of childhood; angelic innocence.
    • n innocence Freedom from legal or specific wrong; absence of particular guilt or taint; guiltlessness: as, the prisoner proved his innocence.
    • n innocence Freedom from legal taint; absence of illegality: said of things, particularly of property that might be contraband of war: as, the innocence of a cargo or of merchandise.
    • n innocence Simplemindedness; mental imbecility; want of knowledge or of sense; ignorance or idiocy.
    • n innocence The bluet, Houstonia cærulea. See Houstonia.
    • n innocence A pretty American scrophulariaceous plant, Collinsia verna, the flowers of which have the lower lip blue and the upper purple or nearly white.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a man was hanged in Mississippi in 1894 the noose came undone and the prisoner fell to the ground. He was set free and and since his innocence was later established he was granted ,$5000.
    • ns Innocence harmlessness: blamelessness: purity: artlessness: integrity: imbecility: absence of legal guilt
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  • William Cowper
    “The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.”
  • James Baldwin
    “Experience that destroys innocents also leads one back to it.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “All things truly wicked start from an innocence.”
  • Mignon McLaughlin
    “It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.”
  • Ouida
    “To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.”
  • Jean Racine
    Jean Racine
    “Now my innocence begins to weigh me down.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. innocence, L. innocentia,. See Innocent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. innocens, -entisin, not, nocēre, to hurt.


In literature:

Even were you known to be innocent of any crime, it would make no difference.
"The Boy Nihilist" by Allan Arnold
I was innocent; I am innocent.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
She was so innocent that she could not understand the fury of the German woman.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Yet the lightning is God's own weapon, and both the children were innocent.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
Innocent and virtuous persons have ever been prone to such little manias of self-accusation!
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Earnestly she declared her innocence.
"The Basket of Flowers" by Christoph von Schmid
Master would send me to walk the streets if I dared to let you, innocent as you are, go up them stairs.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
Instead, he besought Cobham to declare his innocence when he should himself be arraigned.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
That is implied in the law which was written on his heart in innocence.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
But the Innocent is abroad, I perceive.
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards

In poetry:

And thence till to-day I persuade me
That this was the true one;
That Death stole intact her young dearness
And innocency.
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy
Yet I told him not wherefore he prayed,
Nor why the calm was sent
I would not give that knowledge dark
To a soul so innocent.
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt
But your's is the sunny dimple
Radiant with untutor'd smiles,
Your's the heart, sincere and simple,
Innocent of selfish wiles;
"Children" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Sound sleep by night; study and ease
Together mix’d; sweet recreation,
And innocence, which most does please,
With meditation.
"Solitude" by Alexander Pope
Three maids there were in meadow bright,
The eldest less then seven;
Their eyes were dancing with delight,
And innocent as Heaven.
"Maids In May" by Robert W Service
A trusty maiden's modest face,
All innocence and purity.
"What nun is this that fills my place?
Alas, he loves me not!" sighed she.
"The Lovers" by C J Dennis

In news:

In Tuesday's primary election, Massachusetts Democrats chose as their Senate nominee a woman who kept a clearly innocent man in prison in order to advance her political career.
Kashmiri Muslim demonstrators march against the 'Innocence of Muslims' film in Srinagar.
In the band's new video for 'Enemies,' Shinedown settle in for a seemingly innocent band meeting that soon turns into a good old-fashioned battle royale between the four members.
JonBenet murder suspect is presumed innocent.
Watching birds begins so innocently .
OSLO, Norway — A Norwegian track coach suspended for a series of suspicious emails about performance-enhancing drugs claims he is innocent and that the messages were forged.
Nosy writer has been inspired by place where the powerful sometimes trample the innocent.
The East Liverpool man accused of committing sex crimes with four minors while posing as a woman has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity.
A former Marine sergeant diagnosed with mental illness pleaded innocent by reason of insanity Thursday for two local bank robberies in 2011.
When all the evidence has been presented, the case will be submitted to the jury for its determination of guilt or innocence.
In Colorado, nurses are guilty until proven innocent.
Foster, 48, has maintained he is innocent in the 2002 shooting death of Nyaneur Pal, 30.
David's (Josh Dallas) enemies throw his innocence into question on the ABC series.
Innocent or Guilty, Lance Armstrong's Brand Value Irrevocably Lessened from Repeated PED Allegations.
A group of dancers from Chicago's Joffrey Ballet performs Edwaard Liang's "Age of Innocence" Saturday night at Blossom Music Center.

In science:

Finally, two innocent strategies F and F 1 on X are equivalent when they pass the same tests.
Innocent strategies as presheaves and interactive equivalences for CCS (expanded version)
Strategies are then described as presheaves on plays, while innocent strategies are presheaves on views.
Innocent strategies as presheaves and interactive equivalences for CCS (expanded version)
Innocent strategies admit a notion of interaction, or amalgamation, and are embedded into strategies via right Kan extension.
Innocent strategies as presheaves and interactive equivalences for CCS (expanded version)
Our main technical contributions are then a translation of CCS terms with recursive equations into innocent strategies, and the study of fair and must equivalences in our setting.
Innocent strategies as presheaves and interactive equivalences for CCS (expanded version)
Now that the category of plays is defined, we move on to defining innocent strategies.
Innocent strategies as presheaves and interactive equivalences for CCS (expanded version)