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blame

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verb \ˈblām\

Simple Definition of blame

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

Full Definition of blame

blamedblam·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to find fault with :  censure <the right to praise or blame a literary work>

  3. 2 a :  to hold responsible <they blame me for everything> b :  to place responsibility for <blames it on me>

blam·er noun
to blame
  1. :  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.

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


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blame

noun

Simple Definition of blame

  • : responsibility for something that fails or is wrong

Full Definition of blame

  1. 1 :  an expression of disapproval or reproach :  censure

  2. 2 a :  a state of being blameworthy :  culpability b archaic :  fault, sin

  3. 3 :  responsibility for something believed to deserve censure <they must share the blame>

blame·less play \-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>



13th Century

First Known Use of blame

13th century



BLAME Defined for Kids

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blame

play
verb \ˈblām\

Definition of blame

blamedblam·ing

  1. 1 :  to find fault with <Who could blame her for wanting to leave?>

  2. 2 :  to hold responsible <He blamed me for everything.>

  3. 3 :  to place responsibility for <Don't blame the mistake on us.>




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blame

play
noun

Definition of blame

  1. 1 :  responsibility for something that fails or is wrong <They took blame for the defeat.>

  2. 2 criticism 1 <I heard both praise and blame.>

blame·less \ˈblām-ləs\ adjective




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