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


[bleym] /bleɪm/
verb (used with object), blamed, blaming.
to hold responsible; find fault with; censure:
I don't blame you for leaving him.
to place the responsibility for (a fault, error, etc.) (usually followed by on):
I blame the accident on her.
Informal. blast; damn (used as a mild curse):
Blame the rotten luck.
an act of attributing fault; censure; reproof:
The judge said he found nothing to justify blame in the accident.
responsibility for anything deserving of censure:
We must all share the blame for this deplorable condition.
to blame, at fault; censurable:
I am to blame for his lateness.
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)
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for blamed
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  • As they had praised Brigitte for her conduct in the past, so they blamed her now.

    Child of a Century, Complete Alfred de Musset
  • Not a blamed thing but a lot of stubs in a check-book, and a little fat.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Thats a blamed injudicious question to ask, but you shall have an answer.

    The Protector Harold Bindloss
  • The men I had to deal with were more to be pitied than blamed.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • The old raft rid kinder loose, however, an' we blamed up an' down the fellers ez had pinned her together to the Falls.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for blamed


adjective, adverb
(mainly US) a euphemistic word for damned (sense 2), damned (sense 3)


responsibility for something that is wrong or deserving censure; culpability
an expression of condemnation; reproof
be to blame, to be at fault or culpable
verb (transitive)
(usually foll by for) to attribute responsibility to; accuse: I blame him for the failure
(usually foll by on) to ascribe responsibility for (something) to: I blame the failure on him
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

"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.



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.


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



darn (mid-1800s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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