- to hold responsible; find fault with; censure: I don't blame you for leaving him.
- to place the responsibility for (a fault, error, etc.) (usually followed by on): I blame the accident on her.
- Informal. blast; damn (used as a mild curse): Blame the rotten luck.
- an act of attributing fault; censure; reproof: The judge said he found nothing to justify blame in the accident.
- responsibility for anything deserving of censure: We must all share the blame for this deplorable condition.
- to blame, at fault; censurable: I am to blame for his lateness.
Origin of blame
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Examples from the Web for self-blame
One wrong reaction is enough to cause a silence and self-blame that can last for years.‘Brave Miss World’: Linor Abargil on Her Journey From Rape Victim to Beauty Queen to Activist
May 29, 2014
I do not think you have cause for self-blame at all, but, on the contrary, have for self-approval.A Prince of Anahuac
James A. Porter
Ridge shook his head, not in doubt of his comrade's ability, but in self-blame.The Red River Half-Breed
But when he came to reflect on what he had done, he was full of contrition and self-blame.A Life's Secret
Mrs. Henry Wood
Meanwhile his own self-blame at these times left its mark upon him.Other Things Being Equal
That fact, and the self-blame it produced, probably is the cause why her love did not vanish with her hopes.Hand and Ring
Anna Katharine Green
- responsibility for something that is wrong or deserving censure; culpability
- an expression of condemnation; reproof
- be to blame to be at fault or culpable
- (usually foll by for) to attribute responsibility to; accuseI blame him for the failure
- (usually foll by on) to ascribe responsibility for (something) toI blame the failure on him
- to find fault with
Word Origin and History for self-blame
c.1200, "find fault with;" c.1300, "lay blame on," from Old French blasmer (12c., Modern French blâmer) "to rebuke, reprimand, condemn, criticize," from Vulgar Latin *blastemare, from Late Latin blasphemare "revile, reproach" (see blaspheme). Replaced Old English witan with long "i." Related: Blamed; blaming.
early 13c., from Old French blasme "blame, reproach; condemnation," a back-formation from blasmer (see blame (v.)).