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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
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  • Coupled, however, as the inculpation is with extenuatory remarks, we think Lord Byrons observations valuable.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
  • An awkwardness had arisen through the inculpation of Maurice, and everybody found they had work to do that evening.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • I fancied her mother took leave of me coldly, and with a certain effect of inculpation.

    Through the Eye of the Needle William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for inculpation


/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 inculpation

1798, noun of action from 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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