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[ bleym-fuhl ]


  1. deserving blame; blameworthy:

    blameful neglect.

  2. Archaic. imputing blame; accusing.


/ ˈbleɪmfʊl /


  1. deserving blame; guilty

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Derived Forms

  • ˈblamefully, adverb
  • ˈblamefulness, noun

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Other Words From

  • blameful·ly adverb
  • blameful·ness noun
  • non·blameful adjective
  • non·blameful·ly adverb
  • non·blameful·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of blameful1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; blame, -ful

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Example Sentences

Ther blood-curse hes laid on these hyar hills full long, an' God Almighty will hold ye blameful ef ye don't stop this killin'.

No word has ever been uttered to their moral detriment; they are, in this blameful age, among the most blameless of its people.

And shame me not for nought, I'll freely own whate'er amiss, Or blameful I have wrought.

Ruskin wrote that in all his life he had never heard from Turner one unkind or blameful word for others.

I never saw him let pass, without some sorrowful remonstrance or endeavor at mitigation, a blameful word spoken by another.


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More About Blameful

What does blameful mean?

Blameful is used to describe someone or something that deserves to be blamed for something negative that has happened

The word blameworthy means the same thing and is more commonly used.

To blame someone for something is to accuse them of having caused it or to hold them responsible for it. The word blame is always used in the context of something bad that happened—you don’t blame someone for something good. However, 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.

Calling a person blameful indicates the belief that they are responsible for what happened and that they should receive the criticism for having caused it.

Sometimes, people use blameful to describe someone who frequently blames others for things, but this sense of the word has largely fallen out of use.

Example: Those who participated in the fraud should be held responsible, but those who knew about it and did nothing are also blameful.

Where does blameful come from?

The first records of the word blameful come from the 1300s. Blame comes from the Late Latin blasphēmāre, meaning “to blaspheme” (“to speak in a disrespectful way about God or other things considered sacred”).

The opposite of blameful is blameless, which is used to describe someone who hasn’t done anything wrong—they haven’t done anything to be blamed for.

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  • blamefully (adverb)
  • blamefulness (noun)
  • blame (verb, noun)

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How is blameful used in real life?

Blameful is always used in negative contexts. The word blameworthy means the same thing and is more commonly used.

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Is blameful used correctly in the following sentence?

“They are equally blameful and deserve the same punishment.”