to charge with responsibility for all or part of an undesirable situation, harmful effect, etc.: to incriminate cigarettes as a cause of lung cancer.
- 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
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How to use incriminate in a sentence
Last week, Matthew Sherring, who had been a close aide to McGrath at MES, invoked his constitutional right not to incriminate himself more than 130 times in declining to answer questions from the committee.Ex-aide to Gov. Hogan declines to answer lawmakers’ questions about large severance payment | Steve Thompson | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
The wealthy want to be seen as even more parsimonious, to offset the incriminating millions in their bank accounts.Sting and Hillary Are Just Like You: How the Very Rich Play at Being Very Ordinary | Tim Teeman | June 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Though a laptop found in the bag was thoroughly examined, the police found no incriminating material on it.
Authorities in Moscow claim to have arrested an American spook wearing wigs and carrying an incriminating letter.
What might she pull out: incriminating papers, devastating notes, embarrassing memorabilia?
Recruiters were asked to screen potential recruits for incriminating tattoos and associations with potentially troubling groups.How Neo-Nazis and Gangs Infiltrated the U.S. Military: Matt Kennard’s ‘Irregular Army’ | Michael Thomsen | December 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Albert selected all the incriminating letters and documents he could find and packed the micro-files in his jacket.Insidekick | Jesse Franklin Bone
He was evidently annoyed at not finding something incriminating.Boy Scouts in the North Sea | G. Harvey Ralphson
Naturally the most minute search revealed nothing of an incriminating character.Condemned as a Nihilist | George Alfred Henty
A longer reaction time usually follows the incriminating words, and the subject is thrown into a visible confusion.The Science of Human Nature | William Henry Pyle
The woman Petre had not, as far as I could make out, made any incriminating statement to the police.The Sign of Silence | William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for incriminate
to imply or suggest the guilt or error of (someone)
to charge with a crime or fault
- incrimination, noun
- incriminator, noun
- incriminatory, adjective
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