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criminate

[ krim-uh-neyt ]
/ ˈkrɪm əˌneɪt /
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verb (used with object), crim·i·nat·ed, crim·i·nat·ing.

to charge with a crime.
to censure (something) as criminal; condemn.

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Origin of criminate

First recorded in 1635–45; from Latin crīminātus, past participle of crīminārī “to accuse”; see origin at crime, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM criminate

crim·i·na·tion, nouncrim·i·na·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for criminate

criminate
/ (ˈkrɪmɪˌneɪt) /

verb (tr) rare

to charge with a crime; accuse
to condemn or censure (an action, event, etc)
short for incriminate

Derived forms of criminate

crimination, nouncriminative or criminatory (ˈkrɪmɪnətərɪ, -trɪ), adjectivecriminator, noun

Word Origin for criminate

C17: from Latin crīminārī to accuse
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