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1blame

verb \ˈblām\

: to say or think that a person or thing is responsible for something bad that has happened

blamedblam·ing

Full Definition of BLAME

transitive verb
1
:  to find fault with :  censure <the right to praise or blame a literary work>
2
a :  to hold responsible <they blame me for everything>
b :  to place responsibility for <blames it on me>
blam·er noun
to blame
:  at fault :  responsible <says he's not to blame for the accident>

Usage Discussion of BLAME



Use of blame in sense 2b with on has occasionally been disparaged as wrong. Such disparagement is without basis; blame on occurs as frequently in carefully edited prose as blame for. Both are standard.
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Examples of BLAME

  1. Don't blame me. You are responsible for your own problems.
  2. My father always blames everything on me.
  3. I blame the poor harvest on the weather.

Origin of BLAME

Middle English, from Anglo-French blamer, blasmer, from Late Latin blasphemare to blaspheme, from Greek blasphēmein
First Known Use: 13th century

2blame

noun

: responsibility for something that fails or is wrong

Full Definition of BLAME

1
:  an expression of disapproval or reproach :  censure
2
a :  a state of being blameworthy :  culpability
b archaic :  fault, sin
3
:  responsibility for something believed to deserve censure <they must share the blame>
blame·less \-ləs\ adjective
blame·less·ly adverb
blame·less·ness noun

Examples of BLAME

  1. It's not entirely his fault, but he's not completely free of blame, either.
  2. <willingly accepted the blame for not seeing that the kitchen was properly cleaned>

First Known Use of BLAME

13th century
BLAME Defined for Kids

1blame

verb \ˈblām\
blamedblam·ing

Definition of BLAME for Kids

1
:  to find fault with <Who could blame her for wanting to leave?>
2
:  to hold responsible <He blamed me for everything.>
3
:  to place responsibility for <Don't blame the mistake on us.>

2blame

noun

Definition of BLAME for Kids

1
:  responsibility for something that fails or is wrong <They took blame for the defeat.>
2
criticism 1 <I heard both praise and blame.>
blame·less \ˈblām-ləs\ adjective

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