no·​cent ˈnō-sᵊnt How to pronounce nocent (audio)

Word History


borrowed from Latin nocent-, nocens "injurious, guilty," from present participle of nocēre "to damage (things), injure, harm (persons)" — more at noxious

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nocent was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Nocent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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