Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing injury; harmful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Causing injury; harmful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Doing hurt, or having a tendency to hurt; hurtful; mischievous; noxious.
  • adj. Guilty; -- the opposite of innocent.
  • n. A criminal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hurtful; mischievous; injurious; doing hurt: as, nocent qualities.
  • Guilty; criminal.
  • n. One who is guilty; one who is not innocent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a tendency to cause harm

Etymologies

Middle English nocent, guilty, from Latin nocēns, nocent-, present participle of nocēre, to harm; see nek-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English nocent ("guilty"), from Latin nocens, present participle of nocere ("to harm") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The "nocent" Catholics who had been in the rebellion, but who had submitted and constantly adhered to the Peace of 1648, if they had taken lands in Connaught, were to be bound by that arrangement, and not restored to their former estates.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Under this act, a court was established at Dublin, to try the claims of "nocent" and "innocent."

    A Popular History of Ireland : from the Earliest Period to the Emancipation of the Catholics - Volume 2

  • Not being able to evaluate the relative importance of Turkish Delight versus princeship … being more concerned with sugary treatness than with political traction … surely Edmund could be quite literally described as in-nocent here — as “not-knowing”.

    Thoughts on Narnia

  • For almost a day he spoke to C, going through operations stretching back for years; then, for a time, he was with BMW, cursing him and saying Caspar was in nocent.

    Final Resting Place of The Pen

  • He used natural light, soft-focus lenses, and muted colors, and his models were young and in - nocent.

    The X-Rated Emperor

  • To this opinion of Galen, almost all the Greeks and Arabians subscribe, the Latins new and old, internae, tenebrae offuscant animum, ut externae nocent pueris, as children are affrighted in the dark, so are melancholy men at all times, [2665] as having the inward cause with them, and still carrying it about.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Quisquis amat, loca nota nocent; dies aegritudinem adimit, absentia delet.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Non solum vitia concipiunt ipsi principes, sed etiam infundunt in civitatem, plusque exemplo quam peccato nocent.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • But against enemies, whom the Commonwealth judgeth capable to do them hurt, it is lawful by the original right of nature to make war; wherein the sword judgeth not, nor doth the victor make distinction of nocent and innocent as to the time past, nor has other respect of mercy than as it conduceth to the good of his own people.

    Leviathan

  • Isti sunt quidem Arabes, sed notiori nomine appellantur Bedoyns et Acopars, et quamuis plurima mala agunt per desertum, rarò tamen nocent peregrinis beatæ Virginis Catharinæ.

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

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