verb (used with object), ex·cul·pat·ed, ex·cul·pat·ing.
Origin of exculpate
Examples from the Web for exculpate
He took incredible pains to exculpate himself by the consideration that he had obtained lawful leave of absence.The German Lieutenant and Other Stories|August Strindberg
I must, however, exculpate the gentleman who acted as my agent, from undue persuasion exercised towards me.An Autobiography|Anthony Trollope
The pythoness, who had endeavored to exculpate him, proved to be his aunt and accomplice.
She showed increasing irritation at his attempt to exculpate her.Nan of Music Mountain|Frank H. Spearman
Then he plunged to the heart of the matter, as though in haste to exculpate himself.A Hoosier Chronicle|Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for exculpate
Word Origin for exculpate
Word Origin and History for exculpate
1650s, from Medieval Latin exculpatus, past participle of exculpare, from Latin ex culpa, from ex "from" (see ex-) + culpa ablative of culpa "blame, fault." Related: Exculpated; exculpating.