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acquit
used in A Tale of Two Cities

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
she was acquitted
Definition
to officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges; or (informally) to find someone innocent of a charge of having done wrong
  • 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...
    3.6 — Triumph (70% in)
  • The friends of the acquitted prisoner had dispersed, under the impression—which he himself had originated—that he would not be released that night.
    2.4 — Congratulatory (32% in)
acquitted = officially found "not guilty"
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2  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
Definition
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
  • In the arrangements of the little household, Miss Pross took charge of the lower regions, and always acquitted herself marvellously.
    2.6 — Hundreds of People (63% in)
acquitted = handled (conducted or behaved)
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