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The jury exonerated him of all charges.
  to free someone from blame

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to free someone from an obligation
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  • The jury exonerated him of all charges.
  • I will be exonerated.
  • one of us can be completely exonerated from suspicion.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • When I get to heaven, you are exonerated.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real

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  • I don’t know, exonerate you?"
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Scores of innocent people have been exonerated after being sentenced to death and nearly executed.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Do you think that exonerates you?
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Why not Adah? I can think of no answer that exonerates me.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Although most of the credit for my exoneration must be given to Dr. Aurelius, who apparently earned his naps by presenting me as a hopeless, shell-shocked lunatic.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • If he had tugs of conscience over what he’d done, he shrugged them away by assuring himself that the lifting of the fugitive-apprehension order was a personal exoneration.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • If you’re innocent, why not exonerate yourself ?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • ’Surely,’ said Rose, ’the poor child’s story, faithfully repeated to these men, will be sufficient to exonerate him.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Sophie had promised she would do everything in her power to exonerate Langdon once this was over, but Langdon was starting to fear it might not matter.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence and exonerated Lennon from all blame.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • She also knew that even if she was exonerated of the murder, she could not return to her previous existence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Chapter VI My state of mind regarding the pilfering from which I had been so unexpectedly exonerated did not impel me to frank disclosure; but I hope it had some dregs of good at the bottom of it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • You told him all the circumstances—which so completely exonerated you from any blame?
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • She reproached herself for her share of the ill feeling and resolved to exonerate Amy as soon as possible.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • So before you read what’s in that thing, tell me a story that squares with its details and exonerate yourself in my eyes.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • From school duties she was exonerated: Mrs. Fairfax had pressed me into her service, and I was all day in the storeroom, helping (or hindering) her and the cook; learning to make custards and cheese-cakes and French pastry, to truss game and garnish desert-dishes.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "I imagine one cannot exonerate such a man from blame, though he is your brother," said Alexey Alexandrovitch severely.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • William fled away, glad to be exonerated.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Although you do see that if Dr. DuPont’s premise is accepted, Grace Marks is exonerated.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Mrs. Nightwing has already taken the idea and shaped it into exoneration for us, for Spence, and for herself.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • In both of these trials the Commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau was officially exonerated from any wilful misdoing, and his work commended.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • In the end, he was completely exonerated; but perhaps something of the kind has arisen again?
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Of Appetites, and Aversions, some are born with men; as Appetite of food, Appetite of excretion, and exoneration, (which may also and more properly be called Aversions, from somewhat they feele in their Bodies;) and some other Appetites, not many.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • And he’s going to die, Christian, because he won’t let me try to find new evidence to exonerate him.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Broadsides in the streets, signed with her father’s name, exonerating the late Stephen Blackpool, weaver, from misplaced suspicion, and publishing the guilt of his own son, with such extenuation as his years and temptation (he could not bring himself to add, his education) might beseech; were of the Present.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • "But you’ll exonerate Fern?"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • He toyed with the officials, pretending to hide things in the hay and sending his pursuers on wild-goose chases, hoping to be accused again so he could be exonerated and make fools of the officials.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • And so in any event he would embellish all his facial expressions with the offer of a conditional, a provisional smile whose expectant subtlety would exonerate him from the charge of being a simpleton, if the remark addressed to him should turn out to have been facetious.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • He was granted a retrial in 2002, exonerated by the Stockholm Court of Appeal, and received 10.2 million kronor in damages, the largest damages claim ever awarded in Sweden.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • It may appear to some readers that the young lady was both precipitate and unduly fastidious; but the latter of these facts, if the charge be true, may serve to exonerate her from the discredit of the former.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Mary was execrated; Dick exonerated.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • I was assured the pictures were destroyed after the case was closed and I was exonerated.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Nor, to this day can I permit my manhood to look back upon those events and feel entirely exonerated.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • "There’s no defense I can offer that should ever exonerate me," Rose said.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • All you have to do is come up with a lie that will exonerate both Christina and Cara, and then tell it under truth serum.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • It was clear to anyone that nothing in the universe could have exonerated the River Guard, who knew that they were guilty of everything except the murder.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • We do not know if he should be exonerated because circumstances favored his lack of good intentions—that is, if one chooses not to speak of his bad intentions.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "Some of the South Americans," I said a little desperately, knowing how stupid this sounded but thinking, somehow, this was the way to exonerate myself.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The whiteness of a man’s skin or the misguided customs of his land do not exonerate him from hideous deeds, no matter how they have been rationalized and legislated into feigned legitimacy.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • It may appear to some readers that the young lady was both precipitate and unduly fastidious; but the latter of these facts, if the charge be true, may serve to exonerate her from the discredit of the former.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • To all this Clennam merely replied that, granting the whole protest, nothing in it lessened the force, or could lessen the force, of the voluntary and public exoneration of his partner.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Loli Regalado, while pleased with her exoneration, complains that putting Rogelio with the compañeras at the state nursery is akin to dropping the fox off at the henhouse with a knife and fork.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • And that thou mayst not put me to more speech, know that I was Camicion de’ Pazzi,[6] and I await Carlino that he may exonerate me."
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • It’s in her best interests to stay away…" Of course, we finally heard that you were exonerated of all charges — Christ, what an insulting phrase after what you were put through!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • No other reason, honest! There couldn’t possibly be any other reason! (Again he has a strange air of exonerating himself from guilt by this shameless confession.) LARRY—(trying not to listen, has listened with increasing tension) For the love of Christ will you leave me in peace! I’ve told you you can’t make me judge you! But if you don’t keep still, you’ll be saying something soon that will make you vomit your own soul like a drink of nickel rotgut that won’t stay down! (He pushes…
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • "With Switzer officially exonerated and free, I’m revisiting the case.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
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