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innocence

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of innocence

  1. 1 the quality or state of being free from guilt or blame <the accused embezzler eventually proved her innocence and was released> Synonyms blamelessness, faultlessness, guiltlessness, impeccability, innocency, irreproachability, irreproachableness Related Words decency, goodness, honesty, incorruptibility, integrity, law-abidingness, righteousness, uprightness, virtuousness; morality, virtue; chastity, purity, sinlessness; harmlessness, inoffensiveness Near Antonyms blame, fault, responsibility; corruption, criminality, depravity, evil, immorality, reprehensibleness, sinfulness, wickedness; harmfulness, offensiveness Antonyms blameworthiness, culpability, guilt, guiltiness

  2. 2 the quality or state of being simple and sincere <the innocence of the child's question touched everyone present> Synonyms artlessness, greenness, guilelessness, ingenuousness, naïveté, naiveness, naivety (also naïvety) [chiefly British], naturalness, simplemindedness, simpleness, simplicity, unsophistication, unworldliness, viridityRelated Words candor, frankness, genuineness, honesty, openness, sincerity, straightforwardness, unaffectedness, unpretentiousness; callowness, childishness, coltishness, inexperience, rawness; insularity, parochialism, provincialism; carelessness, heedlessness, thoughtlessness; ignorance, obliviousness, unawareness; credulity, credulousness, gullibility, impressionability; idealism, impracticality, optimismNear Antonyms affectedness, artificiality, pretentiousness; deviousness, dishonesty, insincerity; disbelief, doubtfulness, incredulity, suspiciousness; carefulness, caution, street smarts, wariness; pessimism, skepticism; maturityAntonyms artfulness, cynicism, knowingness, sophistication, worldliness

  3. 3 the state of being unaware or uninformed <in my innocence I just assumed that quoted rate was for a week's stay and not for a single night at the health spa> Synonyms benightedness, cluelessness, incognizance, ignorance, nescience, obliviousness, unawareness, unfamiliarityRelated Words callowness, greenness, inexperience, naïveté (also naivete or naiveté), rawness, simpleness, unsophisticationNear Antonyms experience, know-how; sophisticationAntonyms acquaintance, awareness, cognizance, familiarity

  4. 4 the quality or state of being morally pure <in Melville's novel, the sailor Billy Budd serves as a symbol of absolute innocence> Synonyms chasteness, immaculacy, chastity, modesty, purityRelated Words goodness, righteousness, virtue, virtuousness; morality, probity, rectitude; decency, decorum, propriety, seemlinessNear Antonyms badness, evil, sinfulness, unrighteousness, wickedness; impropriety, indecency, vulgarityAntonyms immodesty, impurity, unchasteness, unchastity





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