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[in-krim-uh-neyt] /ɪnˈkrɪm əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), incriminated, incriminating.
to accuse of or present proof of a crime or fault:
He incriminated both men to the grand jury.
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.
to charge with responsibility for all or part of an undesirable situation, harmful effect, etc.:
to incriminate cigarettes as a cause of lung cancer.
1720-30; < Late Latin incrīminātus past participle of incrīmināre to accuse. See in-2, criminate
Related forms
incrimination, noun
incriminator, noun
[in-krim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈkrɪm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
nonincriminating, adjective
nonincrimination, noun
nonincriminatory, adjective
unincriminated, adjective
unincriminating, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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


verb (transitive)
to imply or suggest the guilt or error of (someone)
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



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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