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tr.v. ex·on·er·at·ed, ex·on·er·at·ing, ex·on·er·ates
1. To free from blame.
2. To free from a responsibility, obligation, or task.

[Middle English exoneraten, from Latin exonerāre, exonerāt-, to free from a burden : ex-, ex- + onus, oner-, burden.]

ex·on′er·a′tion n.
ex·on′er·a′tive adj.
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come out smelling like a rose To escape the negative consequences of one’s own actions; to emerge in a positive light, or at least unscathed, after having been embroiled in an unpleasant controversy. The expression usually implies that others are suffering the censure or opprobrium properly due the “innocent” one who “smells like a rose.” Despite the phrase’s implied vulgar origins, it is now commonly considered inoffensive and frequently appears in a variety of informal contexts.

get off scot-free To escape deserved punishment; to be excused from paying the appropriate fine or penalty; to be released without castigation or just punishment. This expression originated from scot and lot tax allotment,’ which was formerly levied on all English subjects according to their ability to pay. Hence, a person who went scot-free was not required to pay the proper tribute. This expression now implies the legal but morally wrong release of someone from a deserved admonishment or penalty.

… the notorious offender has got off scot free. (William Black, Green Pastures and Piccadilly, 1877)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.exoneration - the condition of being relieved from blame or obligation
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
2.exoneration - the act of vindicating or defending against criticism or censure etc.; "friends provided a vindication of his position"
justification - the act of defending or explaining or making excuses for by reasoning; "the justification of barbarous means by holy ends"- H.J.Muller
rehabilitation - vindication of a person's character and the re-establishment of that person's reputation
clearing - the act of freeing from suspicion
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noun acquittal, discharge, amnesty, justification, pardon, vindication, absolution, exculpation the exoneration of an athlete who inadvertently took a banned drug
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A freeing or clearing from accusation or guilt:
Law: acquittal.
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[ɪgˌzɒnəˈreɪʃən] Nexculpación f
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[ɪgˌzɒnəˈreɪʃən] ndisculpation f
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nEntlastung f(from von)
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This first-person narrative autobiography of prominent defense attorney Richard Jaffe provides gripping details of his experiences as the lawyer for numerous accused murderers and explores his work in the exoneration of several prisoners wrongfully convicted.
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