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. Origin of incriminate 1720–30;
Late Latin incrīminātus
past participle of
to accuse. See
criminate Related forms 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] /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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Related Words for incrimination stink
allegation Examples from the Web for incrimination Historical Examples of incrimination
Of the remaining thirty-four there were nine whose testimony was directed to the
incrimination of Mrs. Surratt.
He knew how the little green-eyed nurse was gloating over this second
incrimination of Leerie.
He felt like a prisoner on the witness stand driven to save himself by
incrimination of another.
The story had lost nothing in the way of
incrimination of Colonel Eldridge, and complete exculpation of himself.
And only those points of evidence were sustained which conduced to the
incrimination of the miserable defendant. British Dictionary definitions for incrimination verb (tr) to imply or suggest the guilt or error of (someone) to charge with a crime or fault Derived Forms incrimination, noun incriminator, noun incriminatory, adjective Word Origin for incriminate
C18: from Late Latin
incrīmināre to accuse, from Latin crīmen accusation; see crime
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Word Origin and History for incrimination n.
1650s, noun of action from Medieval Latin
incriminare (see incriminate). v.
1730, back-formation from
incrimination or else from Medieval Latin incriminatus, past participle of incriminare "to incriminate," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + criminare "to accuse of a crime," from crimen (genitive criminis) "crime" (see crime). Related: Incriminated; incriminating.
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