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[bleym-wur-th ee]
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  1. deserving blame; blameful: a blameworthy administration.
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Origin of blameworthy

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at blame, worthy
Related formsblame·wor·thi·ness, noun
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Related Words for blameworthy

blamable, censurable, culpable, guilty, responsible, blameful

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Historical Examples of blameworthy

  • But she was not altogether so blameworthy as she may have appeared.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • Liability is said to arise out of such conduct as would be blameworthy in him.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • For this disaster Gordon held the officers, and not the men, to be blameworthy.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I

    Demetrius Charles Boulger

  • To doubt is not necessarily a fault, but to continue in doubt is blameworthy.

  • I pitied him sincerely, mistaken, if not blameworthy, as he had been.

British Dictionary definitions for blameworthy


  1. deserving disapproval or censure
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Derived Formsblameworthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for blameworthy


also blame-worthy, late 14c., from blame (n.) + worthy (adj.). Related: Blameworthiness.

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