blame

[bleym]
verb (used with object), blamed, blaming.
1.
to hold responsible; find fault with; censure: I don't blame you for leaving him.
2.
to place the responsibility for (a fault, error, etc.) (usually followed by on ): I blame the accident on her.
3.
Informal. blast; damn (used as a mild curse): Blame the rotten luck.
noun
4.
an act of attributing fault; censure; reproof: The judge said he found nothing to justify blame in the accident.
5.
responsibility for anything deserving of censure: We must all share the blame for this deplorable condition.
Idioms
6.
to blame, at fault; censurable: I am to blame for his lateness.

Origin:
1150–1200; (v.) Middle English blamen < Anglo-French, Old French blasmer < Vulgar Latin *blastēmāre, for Late Latin blasphēmāre to blaspheme; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French bla(s)me, derivative of the v.

blamer, noun
overblame, verb (used with object), overblamed, overblaming.
self-blame, noun
unblaming, adjective

blame, censure, condemn (see synonym study at the current entry).


1, 2. reproach, reprove, reprehend, criticize. Blame, censure, condemn imply finding fault with someone or something. To blame is to hold accountable for, and disapprove because of, some error, mistake, omission, neglect, or the like: Whom do you blame for the disaster? The verb censure differs from the noun in connoting scolding or rebuking even more than adverse criticism: to censure one for extravagance. To condemn is to express an adverse (especially legal) judgment, without recourse: to condemn conduct, a building, a person to death. 4. reprehension, condemnation, stricture, reproach, animadversion. 5. guilt, culpability, fault, sin.


Some speakers avoid blame on as informal (He blamed the fight on me), preferring blame alone (He blamed me) or blame for (He blamed me for it). Since all three forms occur with equal frequency in educated usage, they may all be considered equally acceptable.
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blame (bleɪm)
 
n
1.  responsibility for something that is wrong or deserving censure; culpability
2.  an expression of condemnation; reproof
3.  be to blame to be at fault or culpable
 
vb
4.  (usually foll by for) to attribute responsibility to; accuse: I blame him for the failure
5.  (usually foll by on) to ascribe responsibility for (something) to: I blame the failure on him
6.  to find fault with
 
[C12: from Old French blasmer, ultimately from Late Latin blasphēmāre to blaspheme]
 
'blamable
 
adj
 
'blameable
 
adj
 
'blamably
 
adv
 
'blameably
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

blame
c.1200, from O.Fr. blasmer (12c., Mod.Fr. blâmer) "to rebuke, reprimand, condemn, criticize," from L.L. blasphemare "revile, reproach" (see blaspheme). Replaced O.E. witan with long "i." The noun is from O.Fr. blasme, a back formation from blasmer.
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Idioms & Phrases

blame

see lay (the blame) on; to blame.

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Example sentences
It has become common to place the blame for such problems on foolish multiculturalism-on too much tolerance of alien ways.
For decades, community colleges have tried to shift the blame for low transfer
  rates to the four year colleges.
The scientists also blame changing weather patterns on global warming.
Paved roads and sprawl are likely to blame for summertime smog buildup.
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