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[bleym-wur-th ee] /ˈbleɪmˌwɜr ði/
deserving blame; blameful:
a blameworthy administration.
Origin of blameworthy
1350-1400; Middle English; see blame, worthy
Related forms
blameworthiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for blameworthy
  • The changes in our retention and graduation rates are no less blameworthy than are the failures of our politicians.
  • Strictly speaking, however, his life had been far less blameworthy than he made it appear.
  • He either succeeds, and achieves immortality in his profession, or becomes a blameworthy historical footnote.
  • Actions not otherwise morally blameworthy have increasingly become the source of criminal sanction.
  • The kinds of errors, blameless and blameworthy errors, not surprisingly had different kinds of responses.
  • Next, defendant's conduct does not appear to be morally blameworthy.
  • They cry out for attention and it would be a blameworthy administration to ignore them.
  • Thus if a defendant is less blameworthy, he should receive less punishment.
British Dictionary definitions for blameworthy


deserving disapproval or censure
Derived Forms
blameworthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for blameworthy

also blame-worthy, late 14c., from blame (n.) + worthy (adj.). Related: Blameworthiness.

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