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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
His parents asked the court to dismiss the case against their son and exonerate the bond, but federal prosecutors filed motions asking the judge to move forward with forfeiture of the home on the grounds that such a move is mandatory under the law.
This month’s verdict, which came after Mr. Georgiou had been repeatedly exonerated, was met with dismay by outside experts who call his work exemplary.
But the sketchy way Comey exonerated Clinton still grates on them.
Voters are fickle, one-size-fits-all explanations are elusive, and there's the very human tendency to embrace self-exonerating answers.
In 2015, a full decade after the deaths of Zyed Benna and Bouna Traoré, a tribunal in Rennes exonerated the two officers of charges of failing to aid persons in need.
Even more unsurprisingly, Trump seized on the revelation to zing Comey once more: Wow, looks like James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over...and so much more.
James Comey, time traveler Former FBI Director James Comey drafted a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton two months before the conclusion of an investigation into her use of a private email server, according to two Republican senators.
Convicted murderer Michael Lambrix Lambrix said his final meal will be a Thanksgiving-style turkey dinner, which is what his mother promised to cook if he was exonerated.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of exonerate
First Known Use: 1524See Words from the same year
Synonymsabsolve, acquit, clear, exculpate, vindicate
Related Wordsatone (for), expiate; discharge, liberate, redeem, release, unburden; condone, excuse, whitewash; forgive, pardon, remit; avenge, redress, revenge
Near Antonymsaccuse, arraign, charge, impeach, indict; convict
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
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