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incriminate

[in-krim-uh-neyt]
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verb (used with object), in·crim·i·nat·ed, in·crim·i·nat·ing.
  1. to accuse of or present proof of a crime or fault: He incriminated both men to the grand jury.
  2. 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.
  3. to charge with responsibility for all or part of an undesirable situation, harmful effect, etc.: to incriminate cigarettes as a cause of lung cancer.
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Origin of incriminate

1720–30; < Late Latin incrīminātus past participle of incrīmināre to accuse. See in-2, criminate
Related formsin·crim·i·na·tion, nounin·crim·i·na·tor, nounin·crim·i·na·to·ry [in-krim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈkrɪm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·in·crim·i·nat·ing, adjectivenon·in·crim·i·na·tion, nounnon·in·crim·i·na·to·ry, adjectiveun·in·crim·i·nat·ed, adjectiveun·in·crim·i·nat·ing, adjective
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  • But my most urgent task was speedily to make way with the incriminating corpse.

  • Not even from Valentina could he hope for mercy, so incriminating was the note he had penned.

    Love-at-Arms

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The incriminating confession was not on Hawk Kennedy's clothing.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • Or did he go there in the hope of incriminating Morley further?

    The Winning Clue

    James Hay, Jr.

  • We'd have to have positive evidence that an incriminating document was in existence.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole


British Dictionary definitions for incriminating

incriminate

verb (tr)
  1. to imply or suggest the guilt or error of (someone)
  2. to charge with a crime or fault
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Derived Formsincrimination, nounincriminator, nounincriminatory, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Late Latin incrīmināre to accuse, from Latin crīmen accusation; see crime
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Word Origin and History for incriminating

incriminate

v.

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.

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