Synonyms and Antonyms of innocence
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 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 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 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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