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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.
The music, the words are a part of our earliest childhood-of childhood, that in its very innocency familiarises solemnities with itself; and we again go back, again seem almost contemporary with the wondrous Advent.
In 1656 and 1657, he published refutations of the work of the Bristol Quaker, Thomas Speed, who had replied in print to some letters of remonstrance from Thomas, 'stufft with much wrath, and more confusion', according to Speed in his Christs Innocency Pleaded.
The Exhortation that begins the English rite states that marriage was "instituted of God in the time of man's innocency.
blowes at his necke, yet notwythstanding the sayd Ladislaus hauing his hands bound behinde hym, after the thirde stroke, rose vpright vppon hys feete, and looking vp to heauen, called vpon the Lord, and protested his innocency in that behalf: and so laying downe his necke againe, at the fourth blowe was dispatched' (Actes and Monuments, 721).
The anonymous Forgery Detected and Innocency Vindicated attempted to dispel misconceptions about Baptists or Anabaptists, describing the exposure of the forgery and concluding with a brief apology for the Anabaptists who had been acquitted.