- 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 incrimination
Of the remaining thirty-four there were nine whose testimony was directed to the incrimination of Mrs. Surratt.The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt
David Miller DeWitt
He knew how the little green-eyed nurse was gloating over this second incrimination of Leerie.Leerie
He felt like a prisoner on the witness stand driven to save himself by incrimination of another.The Californians
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The story had lost nothing in the way of incrimination of Colonel Eldridge, and complete exculpation of himself.The Hall and the Grange
And only those points of evidence were sustained which conduced to the incrimination of the miserable defendant.Carmen Ariza
Charles Francis Stocking
- 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 incrimination
1650s, noun of action from Medieval Latin incriminare (see incriminate).
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