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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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  • I petition that it be examined, and a copy be given me as a safeguard for my exoneration in all particulars.

  • exoneration of landlords for conditions at Greenwood's Rancho.

    The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
  • Listen, Florrie, here's something that pleases me as much as my exoneration by the Board of Inquiry.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • And as for exoneration—I dont agree with you, and Adrienne doesnt agree.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • I'll find this Indian eldorado and your grandfather's exoneration at the same time.

    Ande Trembath Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • There is neither judgment nor exoneration, but merely narration.

    Plays--First Series August Strindberg
  • She must for her soul's health believe that a day of release and exoneration approaches.

  • This exoneration was far from satisfying Temple, who conceived that it rather injured than improved his position.

    Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for exoneration

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 exoneration
n.

1630s, from Latin exonerationem (nominative exoneratio) "an unloading, lightening," noun of action from past participle stem of exonerare (see exonerate).

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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