Meaning of INNOCENCE in English

/ ˈɪnəsns; NAmE / noun [ U ]


the fact of not being guilty of a crime, etc. :

She protested her innocence (= said repeatedly that she was innocent) .

This new evidence will prove their innocence.

I asked if she was married in all innocence (= without knowing it was likely to offend or upset her) .

OPP guilt


lack of knowledge and experience of the world, especially of evil or unpleasant things :

Children lose their innocence as they grow older.



Middle English : from Old French , from Latin innocentia , from innocent- not harming (based on nocere injure).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.