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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Example sentences
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.
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