innocence

innocence
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Lack of guilt
Nouns
1. innocence, guiltlessness, blamelessness, incorruption, impeccability, clean bill of health, clean hands, clean slate; benefit of the doubt; purity, virtue, virginity, chastity; artlessness, naiveté, candor, simpleness; immaculacy, cleanness. See probity.
2. (innocent person) innocent, child, lamb, dove, saint, newborn babe, naïf; virgin, maid; babe in the woods. Slang, canned goods, salt-water Negro, choirboy.
Verbs — be innocent, have a clear conscience; exonerate, acquit (see acquittal); exculpate (see vindication); whitewash; keep one's nose clean; give the benefit of the doubt.
Adjectives — innocent, not guilty, unguilty, guiltless, faultless, sinless, stainless, bloodless, spotless, sans peur et sans reproche, clean, immaculate, unspotted, unblemished, unerring; unsullied, undefiled (see probity); unravished, virginal, pure, white as snow, virtuous; Arcadian, artless, guileless, naive, simple, unsophisticated; inculpable, unculpable, unblamed, unblamable, blameless, above suspicion; irreproachable, irreprovable, irreprehensible; unexceptionable, unobjectionable, unimpeachable; harmless, inoffensive, innocuous; dovelike, lamblike; innocent as a lamb, saint, child, babe unborn, etc.; more sinned against than sinning, unreproved, unimpeached. Informal, in the clear.
Adverbs — innocently, etc.; with clean hands; with a clear conscience.
Quotations — It is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer (William Blackstone), Innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world meaning no harm (Graham Greene), In maiden meditation, fancy-free (Shakespeare), God will not cast away an innocent man (Bible), The innocent are God's elect (St. Clement).
Antonyms, see guilt.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Freedom from guilt]
Syn. guiltlessness, blamelessness, integrity, probity, impeccability, inculpability, clear conscience, faultlessness, clean hands*; see also honesty 1 .
Ant. guilt*, culpability, dishonesty.
2. [Freedom from guile]
Syn. guilelessness, artlessness, naiveté, frankness, candor, candidness, simplicity, unaffectedness, plainness, forthrightness, ingenuousness, trustfulness, credulity, harmlessness, inoffensiveness; see also simplicity 2 , sincerity .
Ant. trickery*, shrewdness, wariness.
3. [Lack of experience]
Syn. purity, virginity, naiveté; see chastity , ignorance 1 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. freedom from guilt blameless-ness, clean hands, virtue, inculpability, clear conscience, purity, righteousness.
2. simplicity naivete, harmlessness, unsophistication, unworldliness, ingenuousness, artlessness, gullibility, unfamiliarity. ''The unbounded hope, the heavenly ignorance.''—Lord Byron.
ANT.: 1. guilt, unclean hands, corruption. 2. artfulness, worldliness, sophistication, disengenuousness
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The condition of being chaste: chastity, decency, modesty, purity, virginity, virtue, vir-tuousness. See GOOD, RESTRAINT, SEX. 2. The condition of being uninformed or unaware: ignorance, nescience, obliviousness, unawareness, unconsciousness, unfamiliarity. See KNOWLEDGE.

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