- to hold responsible; find fault with; censure: I don't blame you for leaving him.
- to place the responsibility for (a fault, error, etc.) (usually followed by on): I blame the accident on her.
- Informal. blast; damn (used as a mild curse): Blame the rotten luck.
- an act of attributing fault; censure; reproof: The judge said he found nothing to justify blame in the accident.
- responsibility for anything deserving of censure: We must all share the blame for this deplorable condition.
- to blame, at fault; censurable: I am to blame for his lateness.
Origin of blame
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Examples from the Web for blame
If so, he has his silence -- on top of poor judgment -- to blame.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
And who can blame them for feeling disenfranchised when they see their efforts dwarfed by the mega donors.The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
And in so many of these events, the pattern of “blame the victim” was quickly in evidence.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
“Most of the diseases we blame on nutrition are actually diseases of disempowerment,” Bacon said.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
No congratulations for those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouths and then blame the poor for being poor.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
I don't believe he will blame me when he knows the circumstances.Brave and Bold
When your obstinacy is equal to any other person's passion, blame not your brother.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Hand'll foreclose now, for sure; and I can't say I'll blame him.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
They shield him, too; nobody who wants to reach their hearts must blame him.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
But tell me, Toinette, do you blame the feelings I have towards him?The Imaginary Invalid
- responsibility for something that is wrong or deserving censure; culpability
- an expression of condemnation; reproof
- be to blame to be at fault or culpable
- (usually foll by for) to attribute responsibility to; accuseI blame him for the failure
- (usually foll by on) to ascribe responsibility for (something) toI blame the failure on him
- to find fault with
Word Origin and History for blame
c.1200, "find fault with;" c.1300, "lay blame on," from Old French blasmer (12c., Modern French blâmer) "to rebuke, reprimand, condemn, criticize," from Vulgar Latin *blastemare, from Late Latin blasphemare "revile, reproach" (see blaspheme). Replaced Old English witan with long "i." Related: Blamed; blaming.
early 13c., from Old French blasme "blame, reproach; condemnation," a back-formation from blasmer (see blame (v.)).