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[ in-krim-uh-neyt ]

verb (used with object)

, in·crim·i·nat·ed, in·crim·i·nat·ing.
  1. to accuse of or present proof of a crime or fault:

    He incriminated both men to the grand jury.

  2. to involve in an accusation; cause to be or appear to be guilty; implicate: He feared incriminating himself if he answered.

    His testimony incriminated his friend.

    He feared incriminating himself if he answered.

  3. to charge with responsibility for all or part of an undesirable situation, harmful effect, etc.:

    to incriminate cigarettes as a cause of lung cancer.


/ ɪnˈkrɪmɪˌneɪt /


  1. to imply or suggest the guilt or error of (someone)
  2. to charge with a crime or fault

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Derived Forms

  • inˈcrimiˌnator, noun
  • inˈcriminatory, adjective
  • inˌcrimiˈnation, noun

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Other Words From

  • in·crimi·nation noun
  • in·crimi·nator noun
  • in·crim·i·na·to·ry [in-, krim, -, uh, -n, uh, -tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], adjective
  • nonin·crimi·nating adjective
  • nonin·crimi·nation noun
  • nonin·crimi·na·tory adjective
  • unin·crimi·nated adjective
  • unin·crimi·nating adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of incriminate1

First recorded in 1720–30; from Late Latin incrīminātus, past participle of incrīmināre “to accuse”; in- 2, criminate

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Word History and Origins

Origin of incriminate1

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

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Example Sentences

The man who incriminated Riser said the officer promised to pay nearly $10,000 once both bodies were dumped in the Trinity River.

She originally set out to archive content posted to Parler last Wednesday in hopes of preserving self-incriminating material before account holders came to their senses and deleted it.

During the Prohibition era, she was responsible for breaking codes used by narcotics and alcohol smugglers, incriminating high-profile mob-run rum rings, including that of Al Capone in New Orleans.

From Time

Roy McGrath said he was invoking “those rights guaranteed to me through the laws of the state of Maryland and the state and federal constitutions” — apparently referring to the right not to incriminate himself.

By showing that Ghosn had been forced to incriminate himself while in jail, the panel of lawyers were in effect throwing the government’s entire case in doubt.

From Fortune

“Arias had a terrific memory for just about everything except for those aspects of the case that incriminate her,” he says.

According to a knowledgeable source, Hernandez began to incriminate himself only after more than an hour of questioning.

In other words, he asked Elena Kagan to incriminate herself.

Those letters incriminate you to the full in this infamous matter here at Condillac.

No man is called upon to incriminate himself in this free and independent country.

"You are not required to confess or incriminate yourself, unless you want to," Captain Foster advised the prisoner.

He is hereby warned of his right under the law to challenge any question which may incriminate or tend to incriminate him.

If the worst came to the worst, and the boy came to harm, the paper would incriminate nobody.


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