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See also: acquît
- acquite (archaic)
- To declare or find not guilty; innocent.
- 1856, Mrs. William Busk, Mediæval Popes, Emperors, Kings, and Crusaders: Or, Germany, Italy and Palestine, from A.D. 1125 to A.D. 1268, volume IV, London: Hookham and Sons, OCLC 2480341, page 294:
- The new accusation brought by Urban against Manfred of murdering his sister-in-law's embassador – it may be observed that, tacitly, he acquits him of parricide, fratricide, and nepoticide – requires a little explanation.
- (followed by “of”, formerly by “from”) To set free, release or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge.
- The jury acquitted the prisoner of the charge.
- (obsolete, rare) To pay for; to atone for
- To discharge (e.g. a claim or debt); to clear off; to pay off; fulfill.
- c. 1380s, [Geoffrey Chaucer; William Caxton, editor], The Double Sorow of Troylus to Telle Kyng Pryamus Sone of Troye [...] [Troilus and Criseyde], [Westminster]: Explicit per Caxton, published 1482, OCLC 863541017; republished as William Thynne, editor, The Woorkes of Geffrey Chaucer, Newly Printed, with Diuers Addicions, which were Neuer in Printe before: With the Siege and Destruccion of the Worthy Citee of Thebes, Compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the Table More Plainly Dooeth Appere, book II, London: Imprinted at London, by Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellying in Poules Churchyarde, 1561, OCLC 932919585, folio CLXIII, verso, line 1200, column 1:
- Aquite him wel for goddes loue ([quoth] he) […]
- 1640, Thomas Carew, Tasso
- Midst foes (as champion of the faith) he ment / That palme or cypress should his painees acquite.
- 1836, Edward Everett, Orations I-382
- I admit it to be not so much the duty as the privilege of an American citizen to acquit this obligation to the memory of his fathers with discretion and generosity.
- 1844, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Experience” in Essays: second series
- We see young men who owe us a new world, so readily and lavishly they promise, but they never acquit the debt; they die young and dodge the account: or if they live, they lose themselves in the crowd.
- (reflexive) To clear oneself.
- 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:, III-ii
- Pray God he may acquit him of suspicion!
- (reflexive) To bear or conduct oneself; to perform one’s part.
- The soldier acquitted himself well in battle.
- The orator acquitted himself very poorly.
- November 2 2014, Daniel Taylor, "Sergio Agüero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United," guardian.co.uk
- Van Gaal responded by replacing Adnan Januzaj with Carrick and, in fairness, the emergency centre-half did exceedingly well given that he has not played since May. McNair also acquitted himself well after Rojo was injured sliding into a challenge with Martín Demichelis
- 1766, Oliver Goldsmith, The vicar of Wakefield, xiv
- Though this was one of the first mercantile transactions of my life, yet I had no doubt about acquitting myself with reputation.
- (obsolete) To release, set free, rescue.
- (archaic) past participle of
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii]:
- I am glad I am so acquit of this tinder box.
to declare not guilty, innocent
to discharge from an obligation
to pay or atone for
to discharge a claim or debt
to clear oneself
to perform one’s part
to release, rescue
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- acquit in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1914