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OTHER WORDS FROM blameblamer, nouno·ver·blame, verb (used with object), o·ver·blamed, o·ver·blam·ing.self-blame, nounun·blam·ing, adjective
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What does blame mean?
To blame someone for something is to hold them responsible for something negative that happened. In other words, to blame them is to say or believe that they did it or that it happened because of them.
A person can be blamed for a crime—meaning that they are being accused of having committed it. Blame can be used in much less serious contexts—you can blame someone for eating the last cookie, for example.
In general, we blame things on people and we blame people for things. For example, in the event of a car accident, we could say that one driver is blaming the other for the accident, or that one driver is blaming the accident on the other driver.
When someone is blamed for something, it doesn’t mean they are guilty of it—it simply means they are being accused of being guilty of it.
The word blame can also be used as a noun referring to the responsibility for something negative that happened. This is how the word is used in the phrase assign blame. As a noun, blame can also mean the disapproval, condemnation, or criticism for something bad that happened, as in He deserves most of the blame for the loss.
It’s usually people who are blamed when bad things happen, but sometimes it’s a thing, as in The power company blamed the outage on the storm.
The word blame is always used in the context of something bad that happened—you don’t blame someone for something good. (However, the word can be used in an ironic way, as in Everyone thinks I became famous all by myself, but I blame all of the people who supported me.)
To blame yourself is to believe that you were responsible for something bad that happened. The phrase to blame can mean responsible or at fault, as in It’s hard to tell who’s to blame in this situation.
Example: My brother blamed the dog for knocking over the lamp, but my parents knew who was to blame.
Where does blame come from?
The first records of the word blame come from the 1100s. It comes from the Late Latin blasphēmāre, meaning “to blaspheme” (“to speak in a disrespectful way about God or other things considered sacred”).
Blame appears in many different words and expressions. Someone who deserves blame can be described as blameworthy (or, less commonly, blameful). Someone who is blameless is someone who hasn’t done anything wrong—they haven’t done anything to be blamed for.
The informal term blame game refers to a situation in which people try to blame each other for something bad happening, as in Let’s not play the blame game and try to make someone the scapegoat for all of this. The slang verb blamestorm is modeled on the verb brainstorm and means to engage in a process of deciding whom to assign blame to.
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What are some other forms related to blame?
- blameworthy (adjective)
- blameless (adjective)
- blameful (adjective)
- blamable (adjective)
- blamer (noun)
What are some synonyms for blame?
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How is blame used in real life?
Due to its meaning, blame is almost always used in negative contexts. It can be used in serious situations, such as those involving a crime, or in less serious ones.
It gets to a point where you gotta stop blaming other people for your problems and get yourself together. It’s easy to blame everyone else; it’s hard when you gotta place the blame on yourself. Accountability is key!
— 🌻♒︎ (@JustShyra) December 16, 2020
Arsenal players should look at themselves before blaming others, says David Seamanhttps://t.co/hNFRVdpjve
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) December 21, 2020
Here's all you need to know about what kind of guy Dbacks 1B coach Dave McKay is: He interrupted the crowd of reporters around Alex Avila's locker to insist that he (McKay) deserved the blame for the baserunning error.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) April 15, 2018
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Is blame used correctly in the following sentence?
“Extremely foggy weather was to blame for the car accident.”
How to use blame in a sentence
It turns out there are a number of ways of divvying up the blame.What’s causing climate change, in 10 charts|David Roberts|September 11, 2020|Vox
It’s easy to throw blame at university leaders and students for the chaos that schools have already experienced this year.Donald Trump has failed to protect me and other students from COVID-19|jakemeth|September 3, 2020|Fortune
A law firm preparing the city’s defense has put the blame on environmental contractors.How the City Came to Lease a Lemon|Lisa Halverstadt and Jesse Marx|August 10, 2020|Voice of San Diego
The Kenyan government also shared blame for being in breach of both environmental and human rights laws within the Kenyan constitution.How a grassroots campaign won $12 million taking on a lead-poisoning battery plant in Kenya|Soila Kenya|July 30, 2020|Quartz
This suggests that at least some voters are open to an argument that gives China a significant share of the blame for the pandemic.Why Blaming China For The Pandemic Probably Won’t Help Trump Win|Likhitha Butchireddygari (email@example.com)|July 28, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
If so, he has his silence -- on top of poor judgment -- to blame.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence|Jason Berry|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And who can blame them for feeling disenfranchised when they see their efforts dwarfed by the mega donors.The 100 Rich People Who Run America|Mark McKinnon|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And in so many of these events, the pattern of “blame the victim” was quickly in evidence.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion|Gene Robinson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Most of the diseases we blame on nutrition are actually diseases of disempowerment,” Bacon said.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail|Carrie Arnold|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Authorities blame anarchists protesting a proposed high-speed rail line called TAV that will link Turin and Lyon, France.Italy’s Terror on the Tracks|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tell Lady Maude the candid truth, and take shame and blame to yourself, as you deserve.
And he was inclined to believe that it was Grandfather Mole that was to blame for the scarcity of worms in the neighborhood.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
If the journey is now distasteful to her, she has but her own rashness to blame in having sought it herself.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
My own yielding folly alone is to blame, and I shall take shame to myself for ever.
I don't blame him for killin' the cuss, not a bit; I'd have shot any man livin' that 'ad taken a good horse o' mine up that trail.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for blame
Derived forms of blameblamable or blameable, adjectiveblamably or blameably, adverb
Word Origin for blame
Other Idioms and Phrases with blame
see lay (the blame) on; to blame.