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Acquit \Ac*quit"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Acquitted; p. pr. & vb. n. Acquitting.] [OE. aquiten, OF. aquiter, F. acquitter; ? (L. ad) + OF. quiter, F. quitter, to quit. See Quit, and cf. Acquiet.]

  1. To discharge, as a claim or debt; to clear off; to pay off; to requite.

    A responsibility that can never be absolutely acquitted.
    --I. Taylor.

  2. To pay for; to atone for. [Obs.]

  3. To set free, release or discharge from an obligation, duty, liability, burden, or from an accusation or charge; -- now followed by of before the charge, formerly by from; as, the jury acquitted the prisoner; we acquit a man of evil intentions.

  4. Reflexively:

    1. To clear one's self.

    2. To bear or conduct one's self; to perform one's part; as, the soldier acquitted himself well in battle; the orator acquitted himself very poorly.

      Syn: To absolve; clear; exonerate; exonerate; exculpate; release; discharge. See Absolve.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"freed, exonerated," 1670s, past participle adjective from acquit (v.). Formerly in this sense was acquit (late 14c.), perhaps on analogy of past participles such as hit.


vb. (en-past of: acquit)


adj. declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime; legally blameless; "he stands acquitted on all charges"; "the jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity" [syn: not guilty]

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

  2. behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times" [syn: behave, bear, deport, conduct, comport, carry]

  3. [also: acquitting, acquitted]


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Acquitted (film)

Acquitted is a 1916 silent film produced by the Fine Arts Films Company and distributed by Triangle Film Corporation. Paul Powell directed and Tod Browning is uncredited as one of the writers. This film is possibly Bessie Love's film debut. A lost motion picture.

Usage examples of "acquitted".

Ferdinand very wisely fell upon his knees, and, while the tears gushed from his eyes, acquitted the young Count of the imputation, and expressed his apprehension, that the report had been spread by some of his enemies, who wanted to prejudice him in the opinion of his patron.

In other words, the Tyrolese, by the canal of Ferdinand's finger and recommendation, sold a pebble for a real brilliant, and in a few days the cheat was discovered, to the infinite confusion of our adventurer, who nevertheless assumed the guise of innocence with so much art, and expressed such indignation against the villain who had imposed upon his judgment and unsuspecting generosity, that his lordship acquitted him of any share in the deceit, and contented himself with the restitution, which he insisted upon making out of his own pocket, until he should be able to apprehend the rogue, who had thought proper to abscond for his own safety.

The Count had already acquitted himself in point of pecuniary obligations to this benevolent Hebrew.

The Castilian having first acquitted himself in the most polite terms to the secretary and the Jew, who, he said, had always been a messenger of glad tidings, communicated his happiness to the company.

A scrutiny was first made into the characters of the female servants of the house, who were all acquitted by Mrs.

The justice then arose, acquitted the prisoner, and broke up the court.

I cannot avoid telling her, should I fail to hear explicitly from you within three days from this date, that she is at liberty to hold herself acquitted of her engagement to you.

Broaddrick describing her rape at the hands of Bill Clinton until after the Senate had acquitted Clinton in his impeachment trial.

Having acquitted himself with better skill, and prepared for the blinding pleasure of her body, he regained his breath and presence of mind sooner.

The sons of the house, both a few winters younger than Pol, had served as squires through dinner and acquitted themselves nicely for never having had formal training in a large keep.

He sprung from the sopha, advanced to Johnson, and in a kind of flutter, from imagining himself in the situation which he had just been hearing described, exclaimed, 'Well, you acquitted yourself in this conversation better than I should have done.

A noted highwayman, who after having been several times tried and acquitted, was at last hanged.

Johnson always seized upon the conversation, in which, however, he acquitted himself in a most masterly manner.

From here on out and until you're either acquitted or headed for prison, nothing takes precedence over meetings with your lawyers.

We were going to get Will John acquitted and everyone was going to go their merry way.