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incriminate

[ in-krim-uh-neyt ]
/ ɪnˈkrɪm əˌneɪt /
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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.

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Origin of incriminate

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

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British Dictionary definitions for incriminate

incriminate
/ (ɪnˈkrɪmɪˌneɪt) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of incriminate

incrimination, nounincriminator, nounincriminatory, adjective

Word Origin for incriminate

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