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incriminate

[in-krim-uh-neyt] /ɪnˈkrɪm əˌneɪt/
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
1720-1730
1720-30; < Late Latin incrīminātus past participle of incrīmināre to accuse. See in-2, criminate
Related forms
incrimination, noun
incriminator, noun
incriminatory
[in-krim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈkrɪm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonincriminating, adjective
nonincrimination, noun
nonincriminatory, adjective
unincriminated, adjective
unincriminating, adjective
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Examples for incriminate
  • In court, they played a secret tape recording that seemed to incriminate him.
  • In court, they played a secret tape-recording that seemed to incriminate him.
  • Garg acknowledged that it was possible photos could be manipulated to incriminate someone who was not actually breaking the law.
  • They anxiously invent and revise narratives that exonerate or incriminate themselves and others.
  • And you can always find something to incriminate someone of something.
  • Then he said he would not incriminate himself by answering.
  • Another point that would be good to correct, but not to incriminate.
  • To incriminate him for those laws is at best unfair, since they are in fact instruments of political fights between factions.
British Dictionary definitions for incriminate

incriminate

/ɪnˈkrɪmɪˌneɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to imply or suggest the guilt or error of (someone)
2.
to charge with a crime or fault
Derived Forms
incrimination, noun
incriminator, noun
incriminatory, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin incrīmināre to accuse, from Latin crīmen accusation; see crime
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Word Origin and History for incriminate
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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