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Innocent, subst. 1) a person free from guilt or any thought of it: “the wild dog shall flesh his tooth on every i.” H4B IV, 5, 133. “accuse some i.” Tit. V, 1, 130. “thou hast killed the sweetest i.” Oth. V, 2, 199. “some --s scape not the thunderbolt,” Ant. II, 5, 77. Especially a little child: “to save the i.” Wint. II, 3, 166. “the guiltless blood of --s,” H6A V, 4, 44. “murdering --s,” H6C V, 6, 32. “incapable and shallow --s,” R3 II, 2, 18. “drunk with --s' blood,” IV, 4, 30 (Ff innocent).
2) an idiot: “a dumb i. that could not say him nay,” Alls IV, 3, 213. “pray, i., and beware the foul fiend,” Lr. III, 6, 8. “unless you play the pious i.” Per. IV, 3, 17.
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