in-criminator

incriminate

[in-krim-uh-neyt]
verb (used with object), incriminated, incriminating.
1.
to accuse of or present proof of a crime or fault: He incriminated both men to the grand jury.
2.
to involve in an accusation; cause to be or appear to be guilty; implicate: His testimony incriminated his friend. He feared incriminating himself if he answered.
3.
to charge with responsibility for all or part of an undesirable situation, harmful effect, etc.: to incriminate cigarettes as a cause of lung cancer.

Origin:
1720–30; < Late Latin incrīminātus past participle of incrīmināre to accuse. See in-2, criminate

incrimination, noun
incriminator, noun
incriminatory [in-krim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
nonincriminating, adjective
nonincrimination, noun
nonincriminatory, adjective
unincriminated, adjective
unincriminating, adjective
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incriminate (ɪnˈkrɪmɪˌneɪt)
 
vb
1.  to imply or suggest the guilt or error of (someone)
2.  to charge with a crime or fault
 
[C18: from Late Latin incrīmināre to accuse, from Latin crīmen accusation; see crime]
 
incrimi'nation
 
n
 
in'criminator
 
n
 
in'criminatory
 
adj

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incriminate
1730, from M.L. incriminatus, pp. of incriminare "to incriminate," from in- "not" + criminare "to accuse of a crime," from crimen (gen. criminis) "crime" (see crime).
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