incriminate

[in-krim-uh-neyt]

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

to accuse of or present proof of a crime or fault: He incriminated both men to the grand jury.
to involve in an accusation; cause to be or appear to be guilty; implicate: His testimony incriminated his friend. He feared incriminating himself if he answered.
to charge with responsibility for all or part of an undesirable situation, harmful effect, etc.: to incriminate cigarettes as a cause of lung cancer.

Nearby words

  1. incrementally,
  2. increpation,
  3. increscent,
  4. incretion,
  5. incretory,
  6. incrimination,
  7. incriminatory,
  8. incross,
  9. incrossbred,
  10. incroyable

Origin of incriminate

1720–30; < Late Latin incrīminātus past participle of incrīmināre to accuse. See in-2, criminate

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British Dictionary definitions for incriminate

incriminate

verb (tr)

to imply or suggest the guilt or error of (someone)
to charge with a crime or fault
Derived Formsincrimination, nounincriminator, nounincriminatory, adjective

Word Origin for incriminate

C18: from Late Latin incrīmināre to accuse, from Latin crīmen accusation; see crime

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Word Origin and History for incriminate

incriminate

v.

1730, back-formation from incrimination or else from Medieval Latin incriminatus, past participle of incriminare "to incriminate," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + criminare "to accuse of a crime," from crimen (genitive criminis) "crime" (see crime). Related: Incriminated; incriminating.

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