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verb (used with object), crim·i·nat·ed, crim·i·nat·ing.
  1. to charge with a crime.
  2. to incriminate.
  3. to censure (something) as criminal; condemn.
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Origin of criminate

1635–45; < Latin crīminātus past participle of crīminārī to accuse. See crime, -ate1
Related formscrim·i·na·tion, nouncrim·i·na·tor, noun
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Related Words

incriminate, blame, inculpate, accuse, recriminate

Examples from the Web for criminate

Historical Examples

  • And their testimony is probable, only when it tends to criminate themselves.

    Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi

    John S. C. Abbott

  • And now, suppose that it should not be necessary to criminate another.

  • "You should not ask him to criminate himself," said Mr Brodrick.

    Cousin Henry

    Anthony Trollope

  • One thing might criminate him—the discovery of the wallet upon his person.

  • I do not extenuate my own offences, but I will not criminate others.

    Helen and Arthur

    Caroline Lee Hentz

British Dictionary definitions for criminate


verb (tr) rare
  1. to charge with a crime; accuse
  2. to condemn or censure (an action, event, etc)
  3. short for incriminate
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Derived Formscrimination, nouncriminative or criminatory (ˈkrɪmɪnətərɪ, -trɪ), adjectivecriminator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin crīminārī to accuse
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