American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To free from blame.
- v. To free from a responsibility, obligation, or task.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To unload; disburden.
- To ease (one's self) at stool.
- To relieve, as of a charge or of blame resting on one; clear of something that lies upon the character as an imputation: as, to exonerate one from blame, or from an accusation of crime.
- To relieve of, as an obligation, debt, or duty; discharge of responsibility or liability: as, a bail exonerates himself by producing his principal in court.
- Synonyms To exculpate, absolve, acquit, justify, vindicate.
- Exonerated; freed.
- v. transitive To relieve (someone or something) of a load; to unburden (a load).
- v. obsolete, reflexive Of a body of water, to discharge (oneself), empty oneself.
- v. transitive To free from an obligation, responsibility or task.
- v. transitive To free from accusation or blame.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To unload; to disburden; to discharge.
- v. To relieve, in a moral sense, as of a charge, obligation, or load of blame resting on one; to clear of something that lies upon oppresses one, as an accusation or imputation.
- v. To discharge from duty or obligation, as a bail.
- v. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
- From the participle stem of Latin exonerāre. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English exoneraten, from Latin exonerāre, exonerāt-, to free from a burden : ex-, ex- + onus, oner-, burden. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If the bomb had exploded, how many of us then would be able to bear the fury of the backlash, which would fall not only on Yemen or "al-Qaeda" but equally if not more so on anyone attempting to "exonerate" them by suggesting "outrageous conspiracy theories" such as the possibility of an inside job?”
“I don't want to "exonerate" these characters from their pasts, or even exonerate those who created them.”
“He also questioned the authenticity of a Gujarat-based government forensic laboratory's report that, he said, helped to "exonerate" Dhumal in the audio CD controversy.”
“It's also unclear whether such testimony would "exonerate" the defendants, Jones wrote.”
“The contest on March 10 in Bedford was closely fought with the final result going down to the spelling equivalent of a penalty shoot-out between St Peter's and Oundle with the latter finally losing the match on 'exonerate'.”
“In this context, "exonerate" means the committee found that Professor Jones did no wrong.”
“The previous chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission, during whose tenure an executive spent $400,000 on travel and meals in three years, wants the Ontario government to make public the results of past investigations that "exonerate" the agency.”
“While the court of appeal judges said the evidence from Project Small does not "exonerate”
“But he clearly isn't using the word "exonerate" in the way it's commonly understood.”
“This doesn't mean you have to exonerate what he or she did to you -- but it's about being able to look past those transgressions and say, "Yes I can forgive this person for being imperfect.”
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