verb \ˈblām\

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


Full Definition of BLAME

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

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



: responsibility for something that fails or is wrong

Full Definition of BLAME

:  an expression of disapproval or reproach :  censure
a :  a state of being blameworthy :  culpability
b archaic :  fault, sin
:  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


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