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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of blame

blamedblaming

  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>

blamer 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 in a sentence

  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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>

blameless play \-ləs\ adjective
blamelessly adverb
blamelessness noun

Examples of blame in a sentence

  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

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verb \ˈblām\

Definition of blame for Students

blamedblaming

  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

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noun

Definition of blame for Students

  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.>

blameless \ˈblām-ləs\ adjective




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