Usage examples for acquit

  1. The jury are usually prone to acquit, as the weight of evidence is clearly with the defendant. – Courts and Criminals by Arthur Train
  2. Let him be allowed to offer in his excuse a desire not only to discharge a duty to his country, but to acquit himself of what he deems a solemn and indispensable obligation to his acquaintance and his friends. – A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity. by William Wilberforce
  3. " If your Honor please," began the old lawyer gently, " I move that the Court direct the jury to acquit, on the ground that the People have failed to make out a case." – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
  4. Then, for Bruce Cheniston was sufficiently just to acquit Anstice of any share in this untoward situation, he held out his hand with a cold courtesy which plainly betokened no intention of alluding to any former meeting. – Afterwards by Kathlyn Rhodes
  5. But if I now do I must acquit him of it entirely. – Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) History Of A Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  6. Prudence and innocence, without the favour of the Chief, conferred no security; and crimes involved no danger, when the judge was resolute to acquit. – A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson
  7. We shall find it an arduous task to assign motives, to weigh considerations, to acquit or condemn. – Studies in Literature and History by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
  8. His arrangements for his own vindication were all complete, and he knew that the court could only acquit him with honor. – The Living Link by James De Mille
  9. We must look upon it not as a pleasure, nor yet as a punishment, but as a duty of which we have to acquit ourselves as well as we can until we are given leave to depart. – The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles by Jean Henri Fabre
  10. Missus live in big house, 'most as big as this;" then anxious to have the ordeal passed, and fearful that she might not acquit herself satisfactorily to 'Lina, who, without seeming to notice her, had drawn near enough to hear, she added: " Miss 'Lina is an airey, a very large airey, and has a heap of- of-" Lulu hardly knew what, but finally in desperation added: " a heap of a'rs," and then fled away ere another question could be asked her. – Bad Hugh by Mary Jane Holmes
  11. That these three differ exceedingly from each other, may be seen without explanation: for a man, from rational conviction according to circumstances and contingencies, may acquit a person, whom a judge, when he sits in judgement, cannot acquit from the law: and also a judge may acquit a person, who after death is condemned. – The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love by Emanuel Swedenborg
  12. One of the jury declared that he never would acquit an abolitionist. – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  13. I acquit Metelill and Isa of all but thoughtless habit, and Pica was absorbed. – More Bywords by Charlotte M. Yonge
  14. Now, does that or does it not cover the facts, and does it acquit Miss Banks of the charge of perjury? – The Jervaise Comedy by J. D. Beresford
  15. Only a lifetime of devotion to him could acquit her in the eyes of her better self. – The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey
  16. But remember that I acquit you of blame, and believe that I will yet be happy in your happiness. – Moods by Louisa May Alcott
  17. Then, my son, thou canst not acquit thyself of blame. – The Rival Heirs being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune by A. D. Crake
  18. And if they don't-" " Then no jury can acquit her. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope