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(as) innocent as a newborn babe

1. Blameless or faultless. I swear, I didn't pull the fire alarm—I'm innocent as a newborn babe!
2. Unsophisticated, inexperienced, and/or gullible. This is her first job—she's as innocent as a newborn babe.
See also: babe, innocent, newborn

(as) innocent as a lamb

1. Blameless or faultless. I swear, I didn't pull the fire alarm—I'm innocent as a lamb!
2. Unsophisticated, inexperienced, and/or gullible. This is her first job—she's as innocent as a lamb.
See also: innocent, lamb

play innocent

To act as if one had no knowledge or involvement in something. He always plays innocent whenever something goes wrong in his department. Quit playing innocent, Dana—we have proof that you're the one who stole from the register.
See also: innocent, play

find (one) innocent

To determine and declare in court that one is innocent of a crime. I don't know how the jury found him innocent, considering all the evidence against him.
See also: find, innocent

find someone guilty

 and find someone innocent; find someone not guilty
to decide guilt or innocence and deliver a verdict in a court of law. The judge found the defendant not guilty by reason of insanity. The jury found the defendant innocent.
See also: find, guilty

*innocent as a lamb

 and *innocent as a newborn babe 
1. guiltless. (*Also: as ~.) "Hey! You can't throw me in jail," cried the robber. "I'm innocent as a lamb."
2. naive; inexperienced. (*Also: as ~.) She's eighteen years old, but innocent as a newborn babe.
See also: innocent, lamb

play innocent

to pretend to be innocent and not concerned. There is no need to play innocent. I know you broke the lamp! John is playing innocent, and he knows more than he is telling us.
See also: innocent, play
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Sermons one and seven, "In the Council of Priests" and "In Synod," reflect a tradition of two such synods being held annually since antiquity "for admonishing the clergy." Sermon two considers "On the Consecration of the Supreme Pontiff," in which Innocent "placed himself in the age-old tradition 'servus servorum Dei' or the Pope as the servant of the servants of God" (16).
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The manifesto was signed by over 150 public figures, including Ido Netanyahu and Ben-Tzion Netanyahu (the brother and father, respectively, of Israel's former prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu), Noam Livnat (brother of Education Minister Limor Livnat), and Meir Har-Zion (Ariel Sharon's legendary comrade-in-arms from Commando Unit 101, who became famous in the 1950s for personally slitting the throats of several innocent Bedouins in revenge for the killing of his sister.
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Any well instructed Catholic has had it repeatedly, insistently, persuasively, winsomely, lovingly put on his or her conscience that we have a moral obligation to positively protect innocent human life."
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