[ in-krim-uh-neyt ]
See synonyms for: incriminateincriminatedincriminatingincrimination on

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: His testimony incriminated his friend. He feared incriminating himself if he answered.

  1. 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

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

Other words from incriminate

  • in·crim·i·na·tion, noun
  • in·crim·i·na·tor, noun
  • in·crim·i·na·to·ry [in-krim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ɪnˈkrɪm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use incriminate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for incriminate


/ (ɪnˈkrɪmɪˌneɪt) /

  1. to imply or suggest the guilt or error of (someone)

  2. to charge with a crime or fault

Origin of incriminate

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

Derived forms of incriminate

  • incrimination, noun
  • incriminator, noun
  • incriminatory, adjective

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