• WordNet 3.6
    • adj innocent (used of things) lacking sense or awareness "fine innocent weather"
    • adj innocent completely wanting or lacking "writing barren of insight","young recruits destitute of experience","innocent of literary merit","the sentence was devoid of meaning"
    • adj innocent lacking intent or capacity to injure "an innocent prank"
    • adj innocent not knowledgeable about something specified "American tourists wholly innocent of French","a person unacquainted with our customs"
    • adj innocent free from evil or guilt "an innocent child","the principle that one is innocent until proved guilty"
    • adj innocent lacking in sophistication or worldliness "a child's innocent stare","his ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it"
    • adj innocent free from sin
    • n innocent a person who lacks 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.
    • Innocent An innocent person; one free from, or unacquainted with, guilt or sin.
    • Innocent An unsophisticated person; hence, a child; a simpleton; an idiot. "In Scotland a natural fool was called an innocent ."
    • Innocent Free from the guilt of a particular crime or offense; as, a man is innocent of the crime charged. "Innocent from the great transgression."
    • Innocent Lawful; permitted; as, an innocent trade.
    • Innocent Morally free from guilt; guiltless; not tainted with sin; pure; upright. "To offer up a weak, poor, innocent lamb.""I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.""The aidless, innocent lady, his wished prey."
    • Innocent Not contraband; not subject to forfeiture; as, innocent goods carried to a belligerent nation.
    • Innocent Not harmful; free from that which can injure; innoxious; innocuous; harmless; as, an innocent medicine or remedy. "The spear
      Sung innocent , and spent its force in air."
    • Innocent Simple; artless; foolish.
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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.
    • innocent Free from any quality that can cause physical or moral injury; harmless in effect; innoxious.
    • innocent Free from any moral wrong; not tainted with sin; upright; pure: as, innocent children; an innocent action.
    • innocent Free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless: as, to be innocent of crime.
    • innocent Free from illegality: as, innocent goods carried to a belligerent.
    • innocent Artless; naïve.
    • innocent Simple; wanting knowledge or sense; imbecile; idiotic.
    • innocent Small, modest, and pretty: applied to children and flowers.
    • n innocent An innocent person, especially a little child, as free from actual sin.
    • n innocent An artless or simple person; a natural; a simpleton; an idiot.
    • n innocent Same as innocence, 6.
    • innocent In pathology, benign; not malignant.
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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.
    • adj Innocent in′o-sent not hurtful: inoffensive: blameless: pure: lawful: simple, imbecile
    • n Innocent one free from fault: an idiot
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  • William Cowper
    “The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.”
  • James Baldwin
    “Experience that destroys innocents also leads one back to it.”
  • Charles James Fox
    Charles James Fox
    “He that is conscious of guilt cannot bear the innocence of others: So they will try to reduce all others to their own level.”
  • Robert Browning
    “Ignorance is not innocence, but sin.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
    “There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. innocent, L. innocens, -entis,; pref. in-, not + nocens, p. pr. of nocere, to harm, hurt. See Noxious


In literature:

Peggy's formidable innocence was re-enforced by the still more formidable innocence of her mother.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
It may be some dear, innocent babe God has transplanted.
"Clemence" by Retta Babcock
She turned innocent, accusing eyes upon her father's loving face, then her mother's and aunt's.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Did she not know herself and her own innocence?
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
The innocents were not so very innocent, after all.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
But when Innocent III.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
He is innocent, and his innocence will come to light.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
There we sat awhile and drank the clear air, cooled to zero, but innocent and mild as mother Nature's milk.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
And yet he is innocent.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
He is innocent, quite innocent.
"A Final Reckoning" by G. A. Henty

In poetry:

Far was she from her childhood's home,
Farther in guilt had wandered thence,
Yet thither it had bid her come
To die in maiden innocence.
"The Forlorn" by James Russell Lowell
The daisied dawn is in the sky,
And the young day still dew and dream,
When on the innocent morning air
There comes a terrifying scream;
"Ballad of The Seven O'Clock Whistle" by Richard Le Gallienne
For much of loveliness must sleep,
E'en when inspir'd and led by truth;
The faithful pencil aims to keep
Mildness and innocence and youth.
"Vignette - XV" by Matilda Betham
Alas! for the old man,-- where is he now?
And fear for thyself, young heir;
For he was innocent once as thou,
As ruddy and blythe and fair:
"The New Year" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Unto the Person kind there came
A young girl bearing her fruit of shame:
She fell and it had to pay the price -
Innocent Lamb of Sacrifice!
"Mother Doorstep" by Victor James Daley
For it speaks of the coming golden time,
When, like April flowers in a wood,
She will blossom up into the happy prime
Of innocent maidenhood.
"Lucy" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Craig Carwise claims the key to his innocence lies in his groin.
Town of Menasha police now believe last week's child enticement case was an innocent incident of a lost motorist asking for directions.
Federal Asset Seizures Rise, Netting Innocent With Guilty.
The evidence strongly suggests that not only did Texas execute an innocent man, but that prosecutors and police could have easily discovered that another man named Carlos was the likely perpetrator.
Now Texas is quickly gaining a national reputation as the state that executes innocent people.
Dershowitz, Scalia, and Executing the Innocent.
Prop 34 would save California about $180 million a year, and would eliminate the possibility of putting innocent inmates to death.
His 2005 Man Booker Prize novel, "The Sea," was a rumination about one man's loss of innocence and love, deeply affecting and confined to the interior of the psyche.
No innocent person should be sent to jail: but it happens.
Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger Byron Halsey, with his attorney, Vanessa Potkin, right, with Innocence Project, was recently exonerated after his DNA evidence was tested after serving 20 years for a crime he didn't commit, in this 2007 photo.
Michael Morton got released a year ago thanks to the Innocence Project.
Green was imprisoned for 27 years—the longest time of imprisonment for an innocent Texan to date.
District Attorney Craig Watkins has opened more than 400 files for review by law students working for the Innocence Project, a program that exonerates the wrongly convicted.
Now the defense has an up-hill battle to prove McVeigh's innocence.
Some innocent couples want to take their seats but the room is filled with not-so- friendly gentlemen How will they react.

In science:

This can come as a result of a localization computation in geometry, or from a character expansion of a matrix integral, or from something as innocent as expanding a determinant.
The uses of random partitions
This innocent looking fact will be referred to as the “propagation of vacua”.
Nonrational conformal field theory
An upper bound is less innocent and its effects need to be controlled by long tailed pdfs which stands for a distinctive feature of L´evy flights, see a discussion of L´evy stable limits of step processes in Ref. .
Levy flights in confining environments: Random paths and their statistics
The key to understanding how our apparently innocent initial conditions can give inflation is in the last attribute we assumed for the primordial state: the Universe starts deeply inside the perturbative region, i.e. at very small coupling.
A Simple/Short Introduction to Pre-Big-Bang Physics/Cosmology
Apart from several technicalities, there is an apparently innocent but fundamental complication in both approaches.
Magnetic Lieb-Thirring inequalities with optimal dependence on the field strength