"freed, exonerated," 1670s, previous participle adjective from acquit (v.). Formerly inside sense was acquit (late 14c.), maybe on example of past participles such as hit.
stated simple of a specific offense or criminal activity; lawfully blameless
- of Acquit
(imp. & p. p.) of Acquit
Baron Cuvier in his Eloge historique of Fourcroy repels the charge, but he can scarcely be acquitted of time-serving indifference, if indeed active, though secret, participation be not proved against him.