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
Everything important-such as the incriminating photos of your department
  head-is kept locked in your filing cabinets.
These forums are a tricky place because one does not want to give up
  information that can become incriminating.
The agents do not bully or browbeat the suspect into incriminating himself.
If it detects sensitive information, it sounds the alarm and can block the
  incriminating bits.
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