I was reading in the local newspaper last weekend about an upcoming musical event. The director of the music called the characters “not so much naive as they are innocent.”
This statement got me thinking. I guess I always considered innocent and naïve as being synonymous. (For my Iowa readers, this means they are essentially the same.)
On further investigation, I found there are some differences.
Innocent means pure or without sin and not involved with evil intent. It also means guiltless (like O.J.?) Actually, I think he was found not guilty which is a subtle different. But, I digress.
|Naïve on the other hand means unaffected simplicity or absence of artificiality. A naïve person is usually considered unsophisticated. They also probably lack life experiences.|
What other pairs of words have a close but not exactly the same meaning?