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  • IPA(key): /noˈt͡ʃɛn.te/
  • Rhymes: -ɛnte
  • Hyphenation: no‧cèn‧te

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin nocentem, accusative form of nocēns, present active participle of noceō (I harm, damage).


nocente (plural nocenti) (obsolete, literary)

  1. harmful, noxious
    • 1614, Giovan Battista Marino, “La rosa [The Rose]”, in Poesie varie[1], Bari: Giuseppe Laterza & Figli, published 1913, I. Le canzoni e i madrigali amorosi, page 32:
      cacciando un dí correa, ¶ quando a la vaga dea ¶ spina nocente e cruda ¶ punse del bianco piè la pianta ignuda.
      [Aphrodite] was hunting one day, and running, when a noxious and cruel thorn pricked the naked sole of the wandering goddess' white foot.
    • Synonyms: dannoso, nocivo, nocuo
    • Antonyms: innocuo, inoffensivo
  2. guilty
    • 1353, Giovanni Boccaccio, “Seconda giornata, Novella VIII [Second Day, 8th story]”, in Decamerone [Decameron]‎[2], Tommaso Hedlin, published 1527, page 57:
      Il conte dolente, che d’innocente fuggendo s’era fatto nocente, [] preſtamente trappaſſò in Inghilterra
      The grieving Count, whose flight turned him from innocent to guilty, [] soon moved to England
    • Synonyms: colpevole, reo
    • Antonym: innocente
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Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.



  1. present participle of nuocere





  1. ablative masculine singular of nocēns
  2. ablative feminine singular of nocēns
  3. ablative neuter singular of nocēns