incriminate [in- krim- uh-neyt] Word Origin See more synonyms for incriminate on Thesaurus.com 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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British Dictionary definitions for non-incriminating 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
C18: from Late Latin
incrīmināre to accuse, from Latin crīmen accusation; see crime
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Word Origin and History for non-incriminating 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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