Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

culpable

[kuhl-puh-buh l]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. deserving blame or censure; blameworthy.
Show More

Origin of culpable

1275–1325; Middle English < Latin culpābilis, equivalent to culpā(re) to hold liable (derivative of culpa blame) + -bilis -ble; replacing Middle English coupable < Middle French < Latin as above
Related formscul·pa·bil·i·ty, cul·pa·ble·ness, nouncul·pa·bly, adverbnon·cul·pa·ble, adjectivenon·cul·pa·ble·ness, nounnon·cul·pa·bly, adverbun·cul·pa·ble, adjective

Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
reprehensible.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for culpable

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for culpable

culpable

adjective
  1. deserving censure; blameworthy
Show More
Derived Formsculpability or culpableness, nounculpably, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French coupable, from Latin culpābilis, from culpāre to blame, from culpa fault
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for culpable

adj.

late 13c., coupable, from Old French coupable (12c., Modern French coupable), from Latin culpabilis "worthy of blame," from culpare "to blame," from culpa "crime, fault, blame, guilt, error." English (and for a time French) restored the first Latin -l- in later Middle Ages.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper