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inculpate

[in-kuhl-peyt, in-kuhl-peyt]
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verb (used with object), in·cul·pat·ed, in·cul·pat·ing.
  1. to charge with fault; blame; accuse.
  2. 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 formsin·cul·pa·tion, nounin·cul·pa·to·ry [in-kuhl-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈkʌl pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
Can be confusedexculpate exonerate inculpateexculpatory inculpatory

Antonyms

1, 2. exonerate.
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inculpate

verb
  1. (tr) to incriminate; cause blame to be imputed to
Derived Formsinculpation, nouninculpative (ɪnˈkʌlpətɪv) or inculpatory (ɪnˈkʌlpətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Late Latin inculpāre, from Latin culpāre to blame, from culpa fault, blame
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Word Origin and History for inculpatory

inculpate

v.

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.

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