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Examples of exonerate in a Sentence
the results of the DNA fingerprinting finally exonerated the man, but only after he had wasted 10 years of his life in prison
Recent Examples of exonerate from the Web
Rivera spent 21 years in prison before he was exonerated in 2011 and released.
Rivera, now 52, spent 21 years in prison for the crime before he was exonerated in 2011.
There are, of course, straightforward commercial reasons why Beyoncé might want her fans to exonerate Jay.
After all, the special counsel's reputation for integrity would offer Trump a political gold mine if he is exonerated.
Kelly has been exonerated on charges in the past, and XXX's case is still pending trial.
Trump’s surreptitious efforts to exonerate himself and spare a political ally from prosecution failed spectacularly.
More than $700 million was traced into the bank account of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has denied any wrongdoing and was exonerated by the country’s attorney general in 2016.
Ryan elected to take the story public with a false narrative that he was exonerated and the victim of some sort of money grab.
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Where Does exonerate Come From?
We won't blame you if you don't know the origins of today's word. Exonerate derives via Middle English from the past participle of the Latin verb exonerare, meaning "to unburden," formed by combining the prefix ex- with onus, meaning "load" or "burden" (onus itself lives on with that meaning in English). In its earliest uses, dating from the 16th century, exonerate was used in the context of physical burdens—a ship, for example, could be exonerated of its cargo when it was unloaded. Later it was used in reference to any kind of burden, until a more specific sense developed, meaning "to relieve (someone) of blame."
Synonym Discussion of exonerate
- exculpating himself from the charge of overenthusiasm
- cannot be absolved of blame
- exonerated by the investigation
- voted to acquit the defendant
- her judgment was vindicated
EXONERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exonerate for English Language Learners
: to prove that someone is not guilty of a crime or responsible for a problem, bad situation, etc.
Origin and Etymology of exonerate
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