verb (used with object), crim·i·nat·ed, crim·i·nat·ing.

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

Nearby words

  1. criminalist,
  2. criminalistics,
  3. criminality,
  4. criminalize,
  5. criminally,
  6. criminative,
  7. crimini,
  8. criminogenic,
  9. criminol.,
  10. criminology

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for criminate


verb (tr) rare

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

Word Origin for criminate

C17: from Latin crīminārī to accuse

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