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OTHER WORDS FROM blamelessblame·less·ly, adverbblame·less·ness, noun
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What does blameless mean?
Blameless is used to describe someone who hasn’t done anything wrong—they haven’t done anything to be blamed for.
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. 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.
However, the word blameless typically implies that a person is completely innocent. It’s often used in negative constructions to suggest the opposite.
Example: Those who participated in the fraud should be held responsible, but those who knew about it and did nothing are not blameless.
Where does blameless come from?
The first records of the word blameless 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 suffix -less means “without” and is used to form adjectives.
The phrase without blame can be used as a synonym of blameless. The opposite of blameless is blameworthy, which is used to describe someone or something that deserves to be blamed for something or to receive criticism for having caused it. The word blameful means the same thing as blameworthy but is less commonly used.
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- blamelessness (noun)
- blame (verb, noun)
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Blameless usually means “innocent,” but it’s typically in negative contexts—especially ones in which blame is being assigned or denied.
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) December 18, 2020
Sheryl Sandberg is hardly blameless for Facebook's mistakes, but notice that she is the one facing the firing line and not Mark Zuckerberg. He is unkillable, unfireable and untouchable and no amount of women leaning in is going to change that. https://t.co/CgHfazatyp
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) November 24, 2018
I sense this is what people find most shocking in what the judge said:
Manafort "lived an otherwise blameless life.”
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) March 8, 2019
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Is blameless used correctly in the following sentence?
“He is utterly blameless and has done nothing wrong.”
How to use blameless in a sentence
Yet some observers say the battery-makers aren’t blameless either.This Vermont Utility Is Revolutionizing Its Power Grid to Fight Climate Change. Will the Rest of the Country Follow Suit?|Alejandro de la Garza/Panton, Vt.|July 26, 2021|Time
I’ve seen more than my share of relatives who ignore boundaries, though, and indeed “force parents’ hands” on limiting gifts — so I’m not declaring anyone blameless, at least not without more information.Carolyn Hax: Restriction on giving is no treat for grandma|Carolyn Hax|March 19, 2021|Washington Post
The city had insisted during the case that the officers were blameless, and they ended up facing no significant punishment.New York City Paid an NBA Star Millions After an NYPD Officer Broke His Leg. The Officer Paid Little Price.|by Mike Hayes for ProPublica|January 12, 2021|ProPublica
We are all blameless when a plague descends, but we all have a role in ending it.Here's What's Behind Americans' Uneasy Relationship With Vaccines|Jeffrey Kluger|December 18, 2020|Time
She is as blameless and unthreatening as possibly can be, but barely human.Lillian Smith’s Bombshell Novel About Interracial Love|Nathaniel Rich|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No side is pure or blameless in such a complex conflict, which is what makes it seem intractable.What Palestinians Should Do to Combat Cynicism and Make Peace Possible|Gil Troy|July 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The targets were in fact a group of eminently blameless teens who had just taken final exams.Never Mind El Chapo: Chicago’s Real Public Enemy No. 1 Is the Shorties|Michael Daly|February 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
To be sure, neither Toyota nor BP are blameless Lilies-of-the-Valley in these messes.
I never suggested that the Palestinians were blameless, or even that it is realistic to establish a Palestinian state tomorrow.
Children, and the building of a city shall establish a name, but a blameless wife shall be counted above them both.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Elizabeth left the blameless victim of all this wrath, standing in the middle of the floor.
They will try to compel you to confession; and, though you are blameless, you will suffer the cruelest ordeal of transgression.
The men said unto her, we will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
Circumstances were discovered which seemed to indicate that Duncombe himself was not blameless.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay