[ in-krim-uh-neyt ]
/ ɪnˈkrɪm əˌneɪt /
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
in·crim·i·na·tion, nounin·crim·i·na·tor, nounin·crim·i·na·to·ry [in-krim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈkrɪm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·in·crim·i·nat·ing, adjective
non·in·crim·i·na·tion, nounnon·in·crim·i·na·to·ry, adjectiveun·in·crim·i·nat·ed, adjectiveun·in·crim·i·nat·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for incriminatory
/ (ɪnˈkrɪmɪˌneɪt) /
to imply or suggest the guilt or error of (someone)
to charge with a crime or fault
Derived Formsincrimination, nounincriminator, nounincriminatory, adjective
Word Origin for incriminate
C18: from Late Latin incrīmināre to accuse, from Latin crīmen accusation; see crime
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