to hold responsible; find fault with; censure: I don't blame you for leaving him.
to place the responsibility for (a fault, error, etc.) (usually followed by on): I blame the accident on her.
Informal. blast; damn (used as a mild curse): Blame the rotten luck.
an act of attributing fault; censure; reproof: The judge said he found nothing to justify blame in the accident.
responsibility for anything deserving of censure: We must all share the blame for this deplorable condition.
to blame, at fault; censurable: I am to blame for his lateness.
Origin of blame
1150–1200; (v.) Middle Englishblamen < Anglo-French,Old Frenchblasmer < Vulgar Latin*blastēmāre, for Late Latinblasphēmāre to blaspheme; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French,Old Frenchbla(s)me, derivative of the v.
Related formsblam·er, nouno·ver·blame, verb (used with object),o·ver·blamed,o·ver·blam·ing.self-blame, nounun·blam·ing, adjectiveCan be confusedblamecensurecondemn (see synonym study at the current entry)
1, 2. Blame,censure,condemn imply finding fault with someone or something. To blame is to hold accountable for, and disapprove because of, some error, mistake, omission, neglect, or the like: Whom do you blame for the disaster? The verb censure differs from the noun in connoting scolding or rebuking even more than adverse criticism: to censure one for extravagance. To condemn is to express an adverse (especially legal) judgment, without recourse: to condemn conduct, a building, a person to death.
Some speakers avoid blame on as informal ( He blamed the fight on me ), preferring blame alone ( He blamed me ) or blame for ( He blamed me for it ). Since all three forms occur with equal frequency in educated usage, they may all be considered equally acceptable.
c.1200, "find fault with;" c.1300, "lay blame on," from Old French blasmer (12c., Modern French blâmer) "to rebuke, reprimand, condemn, criticize," from Vulgar Latin *blastemare, from Late Latin blasphemare "revile, reproach" (see blaspheme). Replaced Old English witan with long "i." Related: Blamed; blaming.
early 13c., from Old French blasme "blame, reproach; condemnation," a back-formation from blasmer (see blame (v.)).