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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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Examples from the Web for incrimination

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Ruth Sawyer

  • 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

    Archibald Marshall

  • And only those points of evidence were sustained which conduced to the incrimination of the miserable defendant.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking


British Dictionary definitions for incrimination

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 incrimination

n.

1650s, noun of action from Medieval Latin incriminare (see incriminate).

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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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