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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 from the web for incriminating
  • 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.
  • Thus, he thought it sometimes right for the police to bluff even about incriminating evidence.
  • The boss will not have anything incriminating on him at all.
  • The failure to act on this information allowed the suspects to destroy incriminating evidence.
  • And an investigation without any recount of ballots despite all the incriminating evidence and videos.
  • First, eliminate all those incriminating little pieces of paper.
  • He had always claimed that he made no incriminating admissions, and that his interrogation was taped.
British Dictionary definitions for incriminating

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 incriminating

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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