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[in-kuhl-peyt, in-kuhl-peyt] /ɪnˈkʌl peɪt, ˈɪn kʌl peɪt/
verb (used with object), inculpated, inculpating.
to charge with fault; blame; accuse.
to involve in a charge; incriminate.
Origin of inculpate
1790-1800; < Late Latin inculpātus past participle of inculpāre to blame, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + culp(a) fault + -ātus -ate1; cf. culpable
Related forms
inculpation, noun
[in-kuhl-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈkʌl pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
Can be confused
exculpate, exonerate, inculpate.
exculpatory, inculpatory.
1, 2. exonerate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It shows how anxious the governor was to remove from his path all those who could inculpate him.

    In the Irish Brigade G. A. Henty
  • The accused is at liberty not to answer a question which may inculpate him.

  • Still nothing has transpired to inculpate any one, or, in the finding of a coroner's jury, connect man or woman with it.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • I have observed that my letter might inculpate me in the eyes of persons unacquainted with the particulars of what had passed.

  • I have heard that this man, Bakewell, chooses voluntarily not to inculpate my son.

  • He intended, if he could avoid so doing, not to inculpate Julian, but to take all the blame on his own shoulders.

    Digby Heathcote W.H.G. Kingston
  • He was unwilling to tell what he had seen, lest it inculpate someone.

    The Gold Bag Carolyn Wells
  • He had never been examined at Westwood's trial—and the law does not compel a man to inculpate himself.

    A Life Sentence Adeline Sergeant
  • Even old Solara himself, hardened and despicable wretch as he is, will not seek to inculpate him.

  • But I have already said I am not here to excuse myself or inculpate others.

    The Talisman Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for inculpate


/ˈɪnkʌlˌpeɪt; ɪnˈkʌlpeɪt/
(transitive) to incriminate; cause blame to be imputed to
Derived Forms
inculpation, noun
inculpative (ɪnˈkʌlpətɪv), inculpatory (ɪnˈkʌlpətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin inculpāre, from Latin culpāre to blame, from culpa fault, blame
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inculpate

1799, "to accuse, bring charges against," from Medieval Latin inculpatus, past participle of inculpare "to reproach, blame, censure," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + culpare "to blame," from culpa "fault." But inculpable (late 15c.) means "not culpable, free from blame," from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + culpare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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