adjective: 1. free from moral wrong; without sin; pure: innocent children. 2. free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless: innocent of the crime. 3. not involving evil intent or motive: an innocent misrepresentation. 4. not causing physical or moral injury; harmless: innocent fun. 5. devoid (usually followed by of): a law innocent of merit. 6. having or showing the simplicity or naiveté of an unworldly person; guileless; ingenuous. 7. uninformed or unaware; ignorant. 1. not corrupted or tainted with evil or unpleasant emotion; sinless; pure. 2. not guilty of a particular crime; blameless. 3. (postpositive foll by of) free (of); lacking: innocent of all knowledge of history. 4. harmless or innocuous: an innocent game. 5. not cancerous: an innocent tumour. 6. credulous, naive, or artless. 7. simple-minded; slow-witted. 1. free from guilt or sin especially through lack of knowledge of evil : blameless: an innocent child. 2. harmless in effect or intention: … searching for a hidden motive in even the most innocent conversation.— Leonard Wibberley. Also : candid: gave me an innocent gaze. 3. : free from legal guilt or fault also : lawful: a wholly innocent transaction. 4. lacking or reflecting a lack of sophistication, guile, or self-consciousness : artless, ingenuous. 5. ignorant: almost entirely innocent of Latin— C. L. Wrenn. Also : unaware: perfectly innocent of the confusion he had created — B. R. Haydon. 6. lacking or deprived of something: her face innocent of cosmetics— Marcia Davenport. noun: 1. an innocent person. 2. a young child. 3. a guileless person. 4. a simpleton or idiot. 5. Usually innocents. (used with a singular verb) bluet (bluet: Usually bluets. Also called innocence, Quaker-ladies. any of several North American plants of the genus Houstonia (or Hedyotis), of the madder family, especially H. caerulea, a low-growing plant having four-petaled blue and white flowers.). 1. an innocent person, esp a young child or an ingenuous adult. 2. a simple-minded person; simpleton. MW: a person who is innocent: such as: 1. a person free from sin : a young child: the biblical massacre/slaughter of the innocents. 2. a naïve, inexperienced, or unsophisticated person: a political innocent; … during a great land boom in which immense fortunes were made and innocents like himself fleeced.— Arthur Miller. 3. a blameless person : a person who does not deserve to be harmed: The war caused the death of thousands of innocents. Examples: He says that he is innocent of the crime. She was found innocent of all charges. Related Words: virtuous, pure, legitimate, uninvolved, honest, gullible, ignorant, innocuous, childlike, wide-eyed, good, virginal, stainless, clear, safe, guiltless, clean, upright, square, simple. Synonyms: sinless, virtuous; faultless, impeccable, spotless, immaculate, simple, naive, unsophisticated, artless, pure, white, angel, dove, lamb, sheep. Antonym: guilty, impure, peccant, sinful, sinning, wolf. Synonym Study: Innocent, blameless, guiltless imply freedom from the responsibility of having done wrong. Innocent may imply having done no wrong at any time, and having not even a knowledge of evil: an innocent victim. Blameless denotes freedom from blame, especially moral blame: a blameless life. Guiltless denotes freedom from guilt or responsibility for wrongdoing, usually in a particular instance: guiltless of a crime. Biographical name: name of 13 popes: especially II died 1143 (pope 1130–43); III 1160(or 1161)–1216 (pope 1198–1216); IV died 1254 (pope 1243–54); XI 1611–1689 (pope 1676–89). Origin: 1150–1200; Middle English < Latin innocent- (stem of innocēns) harmless, equivalent to in- in-3 + nocēns present participle of nocēre to harm; see -ent; cf. noxious. First Known Use: Adjective: 14th century. Noun: 14th century. History and Etymology: Adjective: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin innocent-, innocens, from in- + nocent-, nocens wicked, from present participle of nocēre to harm — more at noxious. Source 1, Source 2.