[self-in-krim-uh-ney-shuh n, self-]
- the act of incriminating oneself or exposing oneself to prosecution, especially by giving evidence or testimony.
Origin of self-incrimination
First recorded in 1920–25
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Examples from the Web for self-incrimination
In flying from Jane he fled from the self-incrimination she planted in him.The Jack-Knife Man
Ellis Parker Butler
A man could not refuse to answer on the grounds of self-incrimination.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
Bbrarkk Jjoknyyegg Kekeke immediately took refuge in refusal to answer on grounds of self-incrimination.Lone Star Planet
Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
So was another principal witness, who, however, might decline to testify because of the danger of self-incrimination.Under Fire
It is what the lawyers would describe as the most conspicuous instance of self-incrimination on record.The Bible Unveiled
M. M. Mangasarian
Word Origin and History for self-incrimination
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Under this principle, a person may choose (given certain restrictions) to “take the Fifth,” refusing to testify in court or before a legislative or executive committee.
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