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as in: she was acquitted Define
officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges
  • It took the jury only 30 minutes to acquit her of the murder charge.
  • She was acquitted of all charges.

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  • Despite acquittal on criminal charges, controversy remains and civil charges may be pending.
  • So they always acquit; and then a MAN goes in the night, with a hundred masked cowards at his back and lynches the rascal.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • So incredible that they acquitted her.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Then he said I was acquitted and the whole case was closed.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • A jury’s not made up of battered women, but they’ve been known to acquit them before.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Moreover, you said earlier that the judges can be influenced personally but now you insist that an absolute acquittal, as you call it, can never be attained through personal influence.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • He was tried for treason at Richmond but acquitted.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • Frankly, I don’t see how we can vote for acquittal.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men

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  • "You think they’ll acquit him that fast?" asked Jem.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • She is to be tried today, and I hope, I sincerely hope, that she will be acquitted.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • "She is innocent, my Elizabeth," said I, "and that shall be proved; fear nothing, but let your spirits be cheered by the assurance of her acquittal."
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Acquittal practically certain.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • After all, people don’t like a Coroner’s Inquest, even if the Coroner did acquit me of all blame!
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • It was about not letting her feelings interfere with her ability to get Loomis Bronchetti acquitted.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Alex had gotten him acquitted.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Jordan would be the first to tell you insanity defenses rarely worked and were grossly overrated, but maybe Peter could be passed off as the real deal-and that was the key to securing an acquittal.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Atticus took his career in his hands, made good use of a careless indictment, took his stand before a jury, and accomplished what was never before or afterwards done in Maycomb County: he won an acquittal for a colored boy on a rape charge.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I called on McMillian’s trial lawyers, Bruce Boynton and J. L. Chest— nut, to testify about how much more they could have done to win an acquittal if the State had turned over the evidence it had suppressed.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • "I’m sorry for a lot of things:’ "Thank you, Miss Dillard:" I thought Judge Green might grant us a judgment of acquittal at the close of the state’s proof.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Related words: absolution , acquittal, mercy .
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The O.J. Simpson acquittal was yesterday afternoon, and the university is embroiled in racial discussion, though not between the races.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Too much indebted to the event for his acquittal.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • With insanity there can be no acquittal.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • A strange feature was that Arthur, who wanted to arrange a tournament in celebration of the Queen’s acquittal, fixed upon a place near Corbin as the spot where the tournament was to be held.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And is not the counsel for the defense too modest in asking only for the acquittal of the prisoner?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • No sooner was the acquittal pronounced, than tears were shed as freely as blood at another time, and such fraternal embraces were bestowed upon the prisoner by as many of both sexes as could rush at him, that after his long and unwholesome confinement he was in danger of fainting from exhaustion; none the less because he knew very well, that the very same people, carried by another current, would have rushed at him with the very same intensity, to rend him to pieces and strew him over…
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I’m not asking for acquittal, or even leniency, but I am asking for fairness.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • With a much worse grace than that wherewith he had penned the letter to Bois-Guilbert, the Prior wrote an acquittance, discharging Isaac of York of six hundred crowns, advanced to him in his need for acquittal of his ransom, and faithfully promising to hold true compt with him for that sum.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • John Henderson voted for acquittal, the last important act of his Senatorial career.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • His acquittal was complete, his friendship warmly honoured, a lively interest excited for his friend, and his description of the fine country about Lyme so feelingly attended to by the party, that an earnest desire to see Lyme themselves, and a project for going thither was the consequence.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • …Caesarean section, posthumity with respect to the father and, that rarer form, with respect to the mother, the fratricidal case known as the Childs Murder and rendered memorable by the impassioned plea of Mr Advocate Bushe which secured the acquittal of the wrongfully accused, the rights of primogeniture and king’s bounty touching twins and triplets, miscarriages and infanticides, simulated or dissimulated, the acardiac foetus in foetu and aprosopia due to a congestion, the agnathia…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …been fatal to him—true that if he had had the thousand pounds still in his hands with all his debts unpaid he would have returned the money to Bulstrode, and taken beggary rather than the rescue which had been sullied with the suspicion of a bribe (for, remember, he was one of the proudest among the sons of men)—nevertheless, he would not turn away from this crushed fellow-mortal whose aid he had used, and make a pitiful effort to get acquittal for himself by howling against another.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Double jeopardy is only on his side if he gets an acquittal.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • It began to improve immensely in the days which followed on the acquittal of its members.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • But, setting aside the question of public opinion, there seems to be something wrong in asking a favour of a judge, and thus procuring an acquittal, instead of informing and convincing him.
    Plato  --  The Apology
  • When the ballots were counted, 280 jurors had voted to find Socrates guilty, 220 jurors for acquittal.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • At the very least she deserves to be able to walk out that door with an acquittal and the chance to put this whole story behind her.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • He couldn’t even speak out against the obvious violence and destruction, after black groups had insisted they were "demonstrations" against the callousness of Korean merchants and the unjust acquittal of the Korean storeowner who’d shot and killed Saranda Harlans.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • "Yes; but not only that," said Wemmick, "she went into his service immediately after her acquittal, tamed as she is now.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Acquittal was certain.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • ...what sort of acquittal is it you want?
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • So are ninety-nine percent of my clients, and it’s never stopped me from getting acquittals before.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • One more of us acquitted-too late!
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • But deep down, you don’t want Peter Houghton to get acquitted.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • My job is to get you acquitted, and I can’t lie in front of the jury.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • But I do not pretend that my protestations should acquit me; I rest my innocence on a plain and simple explanation of the facts which have been adduced against me, and I hope the character I have always borne will incline my judges to a favourable interpretation where any circumstance appears doubtful or suspicious.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It was either a straight acquittal or nothing.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • I don’t know of any absolute acquittals but I do know of many times when a judge has been influenced.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
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as in: she acquitted herself well Define
to handle yourself well in a given situation
  • Although they did not win, the team acquitted itself well and we were proud to have them represent us.
  • She acquitted herself well at the interview.

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  • Twice I actually hired myself as an under-mate in a Greenland whaler, and acquitted myself to admiration.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
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  • His killers will soon be acquitted.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • He’d been tried and acquitted twice for murder after witnesses had vanished, and even the rest of the family knew enough not to rile him up.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me

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  • "Devan acquitted himself well," he said as they went.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • The friends of the acquitted prisoner had dispersed, under the impression—which he himself had originated—that he would not be released that night.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I have a business charge to acquit myself of.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • —I am happy—and he is acquitted.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • To-morrow, sir, I wrestle for my credit; and he that escapes me without some broken limb shall acquit him well.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • I am glad I am so acquit of this tinder-box: his thefts were too open; his filching was like an unskilful singer—he kept not time.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Oh! it was the Kolpakoff business, and of course he would have been acquitted.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • I rose with all alacrity, to acquit myself of this commission.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield

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  • He had a penny too—a gift of Sowerberry’s after some funeral in which he had acquitted himself more than ordinarily well—in his pocket.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The public roars with delight that the torturer is acquitted.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • They were veterans now, veterans of brief service, but veterans just the same, and they had acquitted themselves well.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • After all, this was an unexpectedly easy way of acquitting her debt; and had she not reasons of her own for wishing to be civil to Mr. Rosedale?
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • During the remainder of the day, poor Hepzibah acquitted herself even less creditably, as a shop-keeper, than in her earlier efforts.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The practical moralist may acquit them absolutely.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • He will decide if the hair on the meat axe is human; he it is who will acquit or convict the murderer, and hang him, or let him go free.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Leaving all that aside, gentlemen, it was because the man was acquitted on his trial that people said at Marseilles that the devil was let loose.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • I felt a considerable extension of power and authority, and was anxious to acquit myself creditably.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • — Vouchsafe, divine perfection of a woman, Of these supposed crimes to give me leave, By circumstance, but to acquit myself.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • The inaugural edition of the Review displayed a banner headline: jury acquits seattle’s gill.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Oh, I am inclined to acquit Riddell off-hand.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • He was owed favors by his government, and a quiet team of bright people from Washington and Ottawa flew up to James Bay and I was acquitted.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Remember, you carry the weight of our hopes and expectations, so acquit yourselves honorably.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • 10:14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.
    The Bible  --  Job
  • Acquit you now, and *holde your behest*; *keep your promise* Then have ye done your devoir* at the least.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • "Look," said Alessandro, who had never been in a real fight in his life, "I can show you how to acquit yourself properly in physical combat."
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Bo, having been used to riding on a farm near home, might be expected to acquit herself admirably.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • He told the story of a Border action in which the Dogra companies of the Ludhiana Sikhs had acquitted themselves well.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Gramercy said the lady, and thereas I may not acquit you, God shall.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • And never would ye do me none, but ever ye have been against me, and a destroyer of my knights; now, how will ye acquit you?
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • He was acquitted by the court.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Even if she’s acquitted of murder, there’s going to be a long list of other charges.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • We just finished that ASW exercise south of Bermuda, and the Brits acquitted themselves well.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Gramercy said the lady, and thereas I may not acquit you, God shall.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • You acquitted yourself most bravely.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • The sailors were acquitted on grounds of acting in self-defense, but public opinion had been vehement against the heinous practice of impressment.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The case was tried, and re-tried, and at the end of it all Simon was acquitted, there being no evidence against him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  How Much Land Does a Man Need?
  • We were acquitted on all counts, which included a count that the ANC sought to set up a communist state in place of the existing regime.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • Neither had I so soon learned the gratitude of courtiers, to persuade myself, that his majesty’s present seventies acquitted me of all past obligations.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • If I had any wish, even at this late hour, to somehow acquit myself, I would say that the bond between Abdullah and his little sister was an ordinary one.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • It was as if she wanted something from him, as if she wanted him to prove …. what, he knew not, but he was determined to acquit himself as well as he could.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • But by means of the enormous wealth he had piled up, and owing to the secret hold he had over various persons, he was acquitted on some technical inaccuracy.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Though police later arrest Roy Bryant and Big Milam, both men are acquitted of the crime by a jury of their peers (whites) three months later.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • In the arrangements of the little household, Miss Pross took charge of the lower regions, and always acquitted herself marvellously.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • And Mr. Richard Carstone, who has so meritoriously acquitted himself in the—shall I say the classic shades?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • James McCarthy was acquitted at the Assizes on the strength of a number of objections which had been drawn out by Holmes and submitted to the defending counsel.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Ali alone was present to wait at table, and acquitted himself so admirably, that the guest complimented his host thereupon.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He who strives to look deeper may acquit them—almost.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • If Salander’s evidence could not be substantiated or the man was acquitted, the company might risk a libel suit.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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