Innocents' day
Innocent In"no*cent, n. 1. An innocent person; one free from, or unacquainted with, guilt or sin. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. An unsophisticated person; hence, a child; a simpleton; an idiot. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

In Scotland a natural fool was called an innocent. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

{Innocents' day} (Eccl.), Childermas day. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Innocents' Day — /ˈɪnəsənts deɪ/ (say inuhsuhnts day) noun → Holy Innocents Day …   Australian English dictionary

  • Innocents' Day — noun December 28, commemorating Herod s slaughter of the children of Bethlehem • Syn: ↑Holy Innocents Day • Hypernyms: ↑Christian holy day …   Useful english dictionary

  • Innocents' Day. — See Holy Innocents Day. * * * …   Universalium

  • Innocents' Day. — See Holy Innocents Day …   Useful english dictionary

  • Holy Innocents' Day — (28 December)    This feast honours the babies massacred at Bethlehem on Herod s orders (Matthew 2: 1 18); also formerly called Childermas. Although falling within the joyful Christmas season, it was thought an extremely unlucky day on which one… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Holy Innocents' day — Holy Ho ly, a. [Compar. {Holier}; superl. {Holiest}.] [OE. holi, hali, AS. h[=a]lig, fr. h[ae]l health, salvation, happiness, fr. h[=a]l whole, well; akin to OS. h?lag, D. & G. heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Holy Innocents' Day — December 28, a day of religious observance commemorating the slaughter of the children of Bethlehem by Herod s order. Also called Innocents Day. * * * …   Universalium

  • Holy Innocents' Day — n. a religious feast day (Dec. 28) honoring the children slain at Herod s command: Matt. 2:16 …   English World dictionary

  • Holy Innocents' Day — noun December 28, commemorating Herod s slaughter of the children of Bethlehem • Syn: ↑Innocents Day • Hypernyms: ↑Christian holy day …   Useful english dictionary

  • Holy Innocents' Day —    A Festival of the Church observed on the third day after Christmas, December 28th, in memory of the children of Bethlehem, whose death Herod caused, and who have always been regarded as the Infant Martyrs of the Christian Church, for that not… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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