- 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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- 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 incriminatory
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