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[self-in-krim-uh-ney-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪnˌkrɪm əˈneɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
the act of incriminating oneself or exposing oneself to prosecution, especially by giving evidence or testimony.
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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also self incrimination, 1892, from self- + incrimination.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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selfincrimination in Culture

self-incrimination definition

Being forced or coerced to testify against oneself. Self-incrimination is prohibited by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Note: Under this principle, a person may choose (given certain restrictions) to “take the Fifth,” refusing to testify in court or before a legislative or executive committee.
Note: Prohibiting self-incrimination not only helps guarantee due process of law, but also maintains one of the basic principles of American law by putting the burden of proof on the prosecution. (See also <i>Miranda</i> decision.)
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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