Definition of exonerate :
1. To discharge from duty or obligation, as a ball.
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.
3. To unload; to disburden; to discharge.
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acquit (part of speech: verb)
vindicate (part of speech: verb)
forgive (part of speech: verb)
- Her husband knew there was a misunderstanding between Durward and 'Lena, and if she were to ask him about the pictures, he would, she thought, at once suspect the cause of that misunderstanding, and as a matter of course, exonerate 'Lena from all blame. - "'Lena Rivers", Mary J. Holmes.
- But they were all so afraid of being accused, that they wished to exonerate themselves as much as possible. - "The Secret Passage", Fergus Hume.
- He was willing to exonerate Penny and Clint from the charge of throwing stones, but insisted that it always took two to make a quarrel and that if Penny had chosen to observe the rules of the school he could have done so. - "Left Tackle Thayer", Ralph Henry Barbour.