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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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  • "Because Wade tells me no man can be forced to incriminate himself," he replied.

    Desert Conquest A. M. Chisholm
  • You will find much to incriminate society and precious little that will incriminate me.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
  • Why, the Madame could have burned her at the stake and Nance would never have said a word to incriminate that Montgomery crowd.

    A Little Miss Nobody Amy Bell Marlowe
  • We rely on your honour not to incriminate us with the police.

  • "A man is not bound to incriminate himself," replied Peter, smiling.

  • I took care, in answer to Flora's challenge, not to incriminate Mrs. Meldrum.

    Embarrassments Henry James
  • To attempt to offer any explanation, or to incriminate him, was out of the question.

    My Strangest Case Guy Boothby
British Dictionary definitions for incriminate


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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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