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n. pl. in·no·cen·cies Archaic


another word for innocence


(ˈɪn ə səns)

1. the quality or state of being innocent; freedom from sin or moral wrong.
2. freedom from legal or specific wrong.
3. simplicity; absence of guile or cunning; naiveté.
4. lack of knowledge or understanding.
5. harmlessness.
6. chastity.
7. an innocent person or thing.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.innocency - an innocent quality or thing or act; "the innocencies of childhood"
artlessness, ingenuousness, innocence, naturalness - the quality of innocent naivete
References in classic literature ?
Yes, ma'am, Anthony--Tony Sandford," was the reply--it was uttered in a vulgar nasal tone, that Julia instantly perceived was counterfeited: but Miss Emmerson, with perfect innocency, proceeded in her inquiries.
Whether the words of Madame were a pleasantry, or uttered in all innocency, they proved the pitiless immolation of everything that Louis had found charming or poetic in the young girl.
But the eye soon gets wonted to it, for the eye and it are effects of one cause; then its innocency and benefit appear, and presently, all its energy spent, it pales and dwindles before the revelation of the new hour.
So took a ticket for the third tier where nameless characters resort, & I assure you in sincerity & truth my heart sicken'd at the sight, & I wished for once I had the power of the Almighty, to snatch them from their career of infamy & once more restore them to their original purity & innocency, as for the plays they were good & the Scenery was rich & splendid.
The Exhortation that begins the English rite states that marriage was "instituted of God in the time of man's innocency.