- 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.
Origin of incriminate
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Examples from the Web for incriminate
“Arias had a terrific memory for just about everything except for those aspects of the case that incriminate her,” he says.Jodi Arias’s High-Wire Act
February 22, 2013
According to a knowledgeable source, Hernandez began to incriminate himself only after more than an hour of questioning.Why Pedro Hernandez Confessed to Killing Etan Patz
June 1, 2012
In other words, he asked Elena Kagan to incriminate herself.How Elena Kagan Schooled Congress
June 28, 2010
How, then, is it lawful to incriminate the Principate of the whole Church?The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI
Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
A prisoner is no longer a man, but a human agent to incriminate others.The Eternal City
Even if it were, there was nothing in it to incriminate her.The Grell Mystery
We've searched these grounds, and found nothing to incriminate anybody.No Clue
You will find much to incriminate society and precious little that will incriminate me.The Secret House
- to imply or suggest the guilt or error of (someone)
- to charge with a crime or fault
C18: from Late Latin incrīmināre to accuse, from Latin crīmen accusation; see crime
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Word Origin and History for incriminate
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