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3 definitions found
 for exonerate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Exonerate \Ex*on"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exonerated; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Exonerating.] [L. exoneratus, p. p. of
     exonerare to free from a burden; ex out, from onerare to
     load, onus load. See Onerous.]
     1. To unload; to disburden; to discharge. [Obs.]
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              All exonerate themselves into one common duct.
                                                    --Ray.
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     2. To relieve, in a moral sense, as of a charge, obligation,
        or load of blame resting on one; to clear of something
        that lies upon oppresses one, as an accusation or
        imputation; as, to exonerate one's self from blame, or
        from the charge of avarice. --Burke.
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     3. To discharge from duty or obligation, as a bail.
  
     Syn: To absolve; acquit; exculpate. See Absolve.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  exonerate
      v 1: pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was
           cleared of the murder charges" [syn: acquit, assoil,
           clear, discharge, exonerate, exculpate] [ant:
           convict]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "exonerate":
     absolve, acquit, amnesty, clear, decontaminate, destigmatize,
     disburden, discharge, dismiss, dispense from, exculpate, excuse,
     exempt, exempt from, forgive, free, give absolution,
     grant amnesty to, grant forgiveness, grant immunity,
     grant remission, justify, let go, let off, nonpros, pardon, purge,
     quash the charge, release, remit, set free, shrive, spare,
     vindicate, whitewash, withdraw the charge
  
  

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