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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.
Origin of incriminate
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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Examples from the Web for incrimination
Historical Examples
  • The story had lost nothing in the way of incrimination of Colonel Eldridge, and complete exculpation of himself.

    The Hall and the Grange Archibald Marshall
  • He knew how the little green-eyed nurse was gloating over this second incrimination of Leerie.

    Leerie Ruth Sawyer
  • He felt like a prisoner on the witness stand driven to save himself by incrimination of another.

    The Californians Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • And only those points of evidence were sustained which conduced to the incrimination of the miserable defendant.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Of the remaining thirty-four there were nine whose testimony was directed to the incrimination of Mrs. Surratt.

British Dictionary definitions for incrimination


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 incrimination

1650s, noun of action from Medieval Latin incriminare (see incriminate).



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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