acquit (one) of

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acquit (one) of

To determine that one is not guilty of a crime or other wrongdoing. Everyone in the courtroom was shocked when the jury acquitted the defendant of murder.
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acquit someone of something

to establish someone's innocence of a criminal charge or the blame for some wrongdoing. The investigator acquitted Wally of the charges.
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References in classic literature ?
Your defence is ingenious and sound," said the Cadi, "and I must acquit you of criminality.
My Dear Brother since you were five years old, I entirely acquit you of ever having willingly contributed to the satisfaction of your Father.