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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 of incriminate
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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  • "Because Wade tells me no man can be forced to incriminate himself," he replied.

    Desert Conquest A. M. Chisholm
  • You will find much to incriminate society and precious little that will incriminate me.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
  • Why, the Madame could have burned her at the stake and Nance would never have said a word to incriminate that Montgomery crowd.

    A Little Miss Nobody Amy Bell Marlowe
  • We rely on your honour not to incriminate us with the police.

  • "A man is not bound to incriminate himself," replied Peter, smiling.

  • I took care, in answer to Flora's challenge, not to incriminate Mrs. Meldrum.

    Embarrassments Henry James
  • To attempt to offer any explanation, or to incriminate him, was out of the question.

    My Strangest Case Guy Boothby
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
v.

1730, back-formation from incrimination or else from Medieval Latin incriminatus, past participle of incriminare "to incriminate," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + criminare "to accuse of a crime," from crimen (genitive criminis) "crime" (see crime). Related: Incriminated; incriminating.

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