Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section IV. Moral Affections
5. Institutions

970. Acquittal.

   NOUN:ACQUITTAL, acquitment [obs.]; exculpation, acquittance, clearance, exoneration; discharge (release) [See Liberation]; quietus [L.], absolution, compurgation, reprieve, respite; pardon (forgiveness) [See Forgiveness].
  [EXEMPTION FROM PUNISHMENT] impunity, immunity.
   VERB:ACQUIT, exculpate, exonerate, clear; absolve, whitewash, assoil [archaic], assoilzie [Scot.]; discharge, release; liberate [See Liberation].
  reprieve, respite; pardon (forgive) [See Forgiveness]; let off, let off scot-free.
   ADJECTIVE:ACQUITTED &c. v.; uncondemned, unpunished, unchastised; recommended to mercy.
  1. Nemo bis punitur pro eodem delicto.
  2. And earthly power doth then show likest God’s When mercy seasons justice.—Merchant of Venice