• WordNet 3.6
    • v acquit pronounce not guilty of criminal charges "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
    • v acquit behave in a certain manner "She carried herself well","he bore himself with dignity","They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • p. p Acquit Acquitted; set free; rid of.
    • Acquit To bear or conduct one's self; to perform one's part; as, the soldier acquitted himself well in battle; the orator acquitted himself very poorly.
    • Acquit To clear one's self.
    • Acquit To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite. "A responsibility that can never be absolutely acquitted ."
    • Acquit To pay for; to atone for. "His sin was dispensed With gold, whereof it was compensed."
    • Acquit To set free, release or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge; -- now followed by of before the charge, formerly by from; as, the jury acquitted the prisoner; we acquit a man of evil intentions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • acquit To release or discharge, as from an obligation, accusation, guilt, censure, suspicion, or whatever is laid against or upon a person as a charge or duty; specifically, in law, to pronounce not guilty: as, we acquit a man of evil intentions; the jury acquitted the prisoner. It is followed by of before the thing of which one is acquitted; to acquit from is obsolete.
    • acquit To atone for.
    • acquit To settle, as a debt; requite; pay; discharge; fulfil.
    • acquit With a reflexive pronoun: To clear one's self.
    • acquit To behave; bear or conduct one's self: as, the soldier acquitted himself well in battle; the orator acquitted himself indifferently.
    • acquit To release; set free; rescue.
    • acquit Synonyms To exonerate, exculpate, discharge, set free. See absolve.
    • acquit To behave, act, bear, conduct, demean, deport, or quit (one's self).
    • acquit Past participle of acquit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Acquit ak-kwit′ to free: to release: to settle, as a debt: to behave or conduct (one's self): to declare innocent (with of before the thing of which acquitted)
    • pr.p Acquit acquit′ting; pa.p. acquit′ted
    • v.t Acquit (Shak.) to acquit, clear
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  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “The judge is found guilty when a criminal is acquitted.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aquiten, OF. aquiter, F. acquitter,; ,L. ad,) + OF. quiter, F. quitter, to quit. See Quit, and cf. Acquiet


In literature:

Shall I acquit myself?
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
A board of inquiry acquitted all parties of blame.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
That is treachery of the worst dye; but I acquit you of any such attempt.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Hone defended himself for six, seven, and eight hours on the several days: and the jury acquitted him in 15, 105, and 20 minutes.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
The snuff-box and its contents were not returned, and the prisoner was acquitted.
"Diary in America, Series One" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
The evidence was not sufficient to convict them, and they were acquitted.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
He was, however, acquitted by a majority of three only.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
The crew of one of these were acquitted, by a Charleston jury, against the clearest evidence.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
Devin, he was openly acquitted.
"Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period" by Various
He was tried at Salisbury in 1897 with the murder of two Mashona chiefs, and was acquitted.
"The Man Who Knew" by Edgar Wallace

In poetry:

Dear friends who hear my song,
Of brain decay acquit me.
That explanation's wrong -
I'll make it clear. Permit me.
"A Pastoral" by P G Wodehouse
And then when Jones, Lycurgus B.,
Had wiped the weapon of Bowie,
Twelve jurymen did instantly
Acquit and set Lycurgus free.
"A Moral Vindicator" by Francis Bret Harte
Man seeking to ascend procur'd our fall,
God yielding to descend remov'd our thrall:
The Judge was cast, the guilty to acquit,
The Sun defac'd to lend the shades the light.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
Sir, I acquit you--pity you--perceive
You loved her, and have err'd against yourself;
But cease these struggles that but mock us now,
They nought avail--my child is dead!...
"Mabel, A Sketch" by Walter Richard Cassels
She bids the flattering mirror, form'd to please,
Now blast my hope, now vindicate despair;
Bids my fond verse the lovesick parley cease,
Accuse my rigid fate, acquit my fair.
"Elegy XVII. He Indulges the Suggestions of Spleen.-- An Elegy to the Winds" by William Shenstone
You who admire yourselves because You neither groan nor weep,
And think it contrary to Nature's laws To want one ounce of sleep,
Your strong belief
Acquits yourselves, and gives the sick all grief.
"A Paradox, That The Sick Are In A Better Case Than The Whole" by George Herbert

In news:

Just weeks after Rapinder (Rob) Sidhu was acquitted of one criminal charge in B.C.
In a March 27, 2012 photo, Michael David Meeks speaks to reporters with his lawyers after being acquitted of charges connected to the Hutaree Militia at the US courthouse in Detroit.
Jurors in New York City on Wednesday convicted Ahmed Ghailani of conspiracy to blow up government buildings in the al-Qaida attacks on two US embassies in 1998, but they acquitted him on more than 280 other charges.
Acquitted of a crime , state keeps your DNA.
State will keep DNA, even if acquitted.
Jury acquits comedian over ' crippled ' remark.
Acquitted Croatian generals arrive to hero's welcome.
A jury acquitted Jareld Halstead following a trial Monday in Leavenworth County District Court.
His client was acquitted of conspiring with Lynn to endanger children, while the jury also deadlocked on a separate count of felony child endangerment.
A former Alger County sheriff's deputy has been acquitted of three charges and convicted of a misdemeanor this week.
Brooks Cornell acquitted by jury of assaulting woman in bar.
Cincinnati jury acquits wheelchair comic's promoter of disorderly conduct.
Cincinnati jury acquits wheelchair comic's promoter of disorderly conduct .
Disruptive Pilot Is Acquitted.
Acquitted of a crime, state keeps your DNA .

In science:

Esp. when they want to be acquitted of a charge or are to be given a reward (e.g. a good mark).
A Revised Classification of Anonymity
Larry Stewart, who is not related to Martha Stewart, was acquitted of the charges. Q.
Improving Update Summarization by Revisiting the MMR Criterion
The driver of the jaunting car was indicted for causing Gore‘s death, but was subsequently acquitted. The judge said ―There was no doubt about it, that any person crossing the streets of Dublin took his life in his hands‖ (6).
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness