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exonerate

[ig-zon-uh-reyt] /ɪgˈzɒn əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), exonerated, exonerating.
1.
to clear, as of an accusation; free from guilt or blame; exculpate:
He was exonerated from the accusation of cheating.
2.
to relieve, as from an obligation, duty, or task.
Origin of exonerate
late Middle English
1515-1525
1515-25; late Middle English < Latin exonerātus (past participle of exonerāre to unburden, discharge), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + oner- (stem of onus) a burden + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
exoneration, noun
exonerative, adjective
exonerator, noun
unexonerated, adjective
unexonerative, adjective
Can be confused
exculpate, exonerate, inculpate.
Synonyms
1. vindicate. See absolve. 2. release, discharge, free.
Antonyms
1. blame.
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  • As to the people on board the vessel, I exonerated them then, and I exonerate them now, from all blame.

  • It was a trick of the trade, which exonerated him from the necessity of apologizing.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • Were you not exonerated from the last accusation of which you informed me before you asked for my hand in marriage.

    Down the Mother Lode Vivia Hemphill
  • Unless you hear from me further you are exonerated from blame.

  • Now 298 parts of this labour out of 300 are performed by nature, and mankind are exonerated to a corresponding extent.

British Dictionary definitions for exonerated

exonerate

/ɪɡˈzɒnəˌreɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to clear or absolve from blame or a criminal charge
2.
to relieve from an obligation or task; exempt
Derived Forms
exoneration, noun
exonerative, adjective
exonerator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exonerāre to free from a burden, from onus a burden
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Word Origin and History for exonerated

exonerate

v.

mid-15c., from Latin exoneratus, past participle of exonerare "remove a burden, discharge, unload," from ex- "off" (see ex-) + onerare "to unload; overload, oppress," from onus (genitive oneris) "burden" (see onus). Related: Exonerated; exonerating.

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