Sometimes cul·pa·ble·ness.

Origin of culpability

Related formsnon·cul·pa·bil·i·ty, noun


  1. deserving blame or censure; blameworthy.

Origin of culpable

1275–1325; Middle English < Latin culpābilis, equivalent to culpā(re) to hold liable (derivative of culpa blame) + -bilis -ble; replacing Middle English coupable < Middle French < Latin as above
Related formscul·pa·bil·i·ty, cul·pa·ble·ness, nouncul·pa·bly, adverbnon·cul·pa·ble, adjectivenon·cul·pa·ble·ness, nounnon·cul·pa·bly, adverbun·cul·pa·ble, adjective

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

Related Words for culpabilities

guilt, accountability, fault, responsibility

Examples from the Web for culpabilities

Contemporary Examples of culpabilities

  • But Miss Piggy persevered, transforming her culpabilities into a successful career and becoming an icon to countless generations.

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    March 23, 2014

British Dictionary definitions for culpabilities


  1. deserving censure; blameworthy
Derived Formsculpability or culpableness, nounculpably, adverb

Word Origin for culpable

C14: from Old French coupable, from Latin culpābilis, from culpāre to blame, from culpa fault
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Word Origin and History for culpabilities



1670s, from Late Latin culpabilitas "guilt, culpability," from Latin culpabilis (see culpable).



late 13c., coupable, from Old French coupable (12c., Modern French coupable), from Latin culpabilis "worthy of blame," from culpare "to blame," from culpa "crime, fault, blame, guilt, error." English (and for a time French) restored the first Latin -l- in later Middle Ages.

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