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blamed

[bleymd] /bleɪmd/
adjective
1.
confounded:
The blamed car won't start.
adverb
2.
confoundedly; excessively:
It's blamed cold out tonight.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; blame + -ed2
Related forms
unblamed, adjective

blame

[bleym] /bleɪm/
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.
Related forms
blamer, noun
overblame, verb (used with object), overblamed, overblaming.
self-blame, noun
unblaming, adjective
Can be confused
blame, censure, condemn (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
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.
Usage note
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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  • Then, when he was turned down, he blamed everyone but himself.
British Dictionary definitions for blamed

blamed

/bleɪmd/
adjective, adverb
1.
(mainly US) a euphemistic word for damned (sense 2), damned (sense 3)

blame

/bleɪm/
noun
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
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
blamable, blameable, adjective
blamably, blameably, adverb
Word Origin
C12: from Old French blasmer, ultimately from Late Latin blasphēmāre to blaspheme
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Word Origin and History for blamed
adv.

"confoundedly" 1833, later also as an adjective, from past participle of blame (v.), as a "euphemistic evasion of the horrible word damn." [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848].

This adjective 'blamed' is the virtuous oath by which simple people, who are improving their habits, cure themselves of a stronger epithet. [Edward Everett Hale, "If, Yes, and Perhaps," 1868]
Cf. also blamenation (1837) as an expletive. The imprecation blame me is attested from 1830.

blame

v.

c.1200, "find fault with;" c.1300, "lay blame on," from Old French blasmer (12c., Modern French blâmer) "to rebuke, reprimand, condemn, criticize," from Vulgar Latin *blastemare, from Late Latin blasphemare "revile, reproach" (see blaspheme). Replaced Old English witan with long "i." Related: Blamed; blaming.

n.

early 13c., from Old French blasme "blame, reproach; condemnation," a back-formation from blasmer (see blame (v.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for blamed

blamed

adjective

darn (mid-1800s+)


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