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.
Idioms about blame
to blame, at fault; censurable: I am to blame for his lateness.
- blamer, noun
- o·ver·blame, verb (used with object), o·ver·blamed, o·ver·blam·ing.
- self-blame, noun
- un·blam·ing, adjective
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How to use blame in a sentence
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 | Linor Abargil | May 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She had added to her own difficulties by this present absconding, and, with severe self-blame, resolved to descend to tea.Camilla | Fanny Burney
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
In her self-blame she wrote to her brother to confess how she had failed in her duty toward the boy.True to His Home | Hezekiah Butterworth
It was some time before Lady Charlton could be brought to believe it all, and then at first she was overwhelmed with self-blame.Great Possessions | Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
Ridge shook his head, not in doubt of his comrade's ability, but in self-blame.The Red River Half-Breed | Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for blame
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; accuse: I blame him for the failure
(usually foll by on) to ascribe responsibility for (something) to: I blame the failure on him
to find fault with
- blamable or blameable, adjective
- blamably or blameably, adverb
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Other Idioms and Phrases with blame
see lay (the blame) on; to blame.
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