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    The Buzzword of the Day for 03/06/2015 is:

    exonerate (verb)


    What does it mean?

    : to clear from a charge of wrongdoing or from blame

    How do you use it?

    In her opening statement, the defense attorney assured the jury that evidence presented at trial would exonerate the defendant completely.

    Are you a word wiz?

    We came up with several sentences that contain "exonerate," but it's the wrong word to use in all but one. In which one do you think "exonerate" is used correctly?

    A. After a month of ballet classes, Doreen was able to exonerate a perfect pirouette.
    B. The driver thought to have caused the accident was exonerated by the investigation.
    C. The apple farmer showed our class how to exonerate juice from the fruit.
    D. Sauce and cheese clinging to his whiskers exonerated Fido of eating the pizza.
    Check your answer on Word Central.

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