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inculpate

[in-kuhl-peyt, in-kuhl-peyt] /ɪnˈkʌl peɪt, ˈɪn kʌl peɪt/
verb (used with object), inculpated, inculpating.
1.
to charge with fault; blame; accuse.
2.
to involve in a charge; incriminate.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Late Latin inculpātus past participle of inculpāre to blame, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + culp(a) fault + -ātus -ate1; cf. culpable
Related forms
inculpation, noun
inculpatory
[in-kuhl-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈkʌl pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Can be confused
exculpate, exonerate, inculpate.
exculpatory, inculpatory.
Antonyms
1, 2. exonerate.
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British Dictionary definitions for inculpation

inculpate

/ˈɪnkʌlˌpeɪt; ɪnˈkʌlpeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to incriminate; cause blame to be imputed to
Derived Forms
inculpation, noun
inculpative (ɪnˈkʌlpətɪv), inculpatory (ɪnˈkʌlpətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin inculpāre, from Latin culpāre to blame, from culpa fault, blame
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Word Origin and History for inculpation
n.

1798, noun of action from inculpate.

inculpate

v.

1799, "to accuse, bring charges against," from Medieval Latin inculpatus, past participle of inculpare "to reproach, blame, censure," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + culpare "to blame," from culpa "fault." But inculpable (late 15c.) means "not culpable, free from blame," from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + culpare.

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