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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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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.

  • But while he acknowledged and deplored his own vices, he could not criminate Clinton.

    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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