- 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
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Examples from the Web for incriminating
The wealthy want to be seen as even more parsimonious, to offset the incriminating millions in their bank accounts.Sting and Hillary Are Just Like You: How the Very Rich Play at Being Very Ordinary
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Though a laptop found in the bag was thoroughly examined, the police found no incriminating material on it.Breaking Rebekah Brooks’ Hollywood Cover-Up Code
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Authorities in Moscow claim to have arrested an American spook wearing wigs and carrying an incriminating letter.American Spy Nabbed in Russia?
May 14, 2013
What might she pull out: incriminating papers, devastating notes, embarrassing memorabilia?The Language of Margaret Thatcher’s Handbags
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Recruiters were asked to screen potential recruits for incriminating tattoos and associations with potentially troubling groups.How Neo-Nazis and Gangs Infiltrated the U.S. Military: Matt Kennard’s ‘Irregular Army’
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But my most urgent task was speedily to make way with the incriminating corpse.City of Endless Night
Not even from Valentina could he hope for mercy, so incriminating was the note he had penned.Love-at-Arms
The incriminating confession was not on Hawk Kennedy's clothing.The Vagrant Duke
Or did he go there in the hope of incriminating Morley further?The Winning Clue
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We'd have to have positive evidence that an incriminating document was in existence.Alarm Clock
Everett B. Cole
- to imply or suggest the guilt or error of (someone)
- to charge with a crime or fault
C18: from Late Latin incrīmināre to accuse, from Latin crīmen accusation; see crime
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Word Origin and History for incriminating
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