Simple Definition of incriminate
: to cause (someone) to appear guilty of or responsible for something (such as a crime)
Examples of incriminate in a sentence
Material found at the crime scene incriminates the defendant.
<in exchange for a reduced sentence, the thief agreed to incriminate his accomplice>
Did You Know?
Testimony may incriminate a suspect by placing him at the scene of a crime, and incriminating evidence is the kind that strongly links him to it. But the word doesn't always refer to an actual crime. We can say, for instance, that a virus has been incriminated as the cause of a type of cancer, or that video games have been incriminated in the decline in study skills among young people.
Origin and Etymology of incriminate
Late Latin incriminatus, past participle of incriminare, from Latin in- + crimin-, crimen crime
First Known Use: circa 1736
INCRIMINATE Defined for Kids
Definition of incriminate for Students
: to make (someone) appear guilty of or responsible for something <… the story of how it had fallen into his hands incriminated not only him, but his own father … — J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire>
Legal Definition of incriminate
1 : to charge with involvement in a crime <he was incriminated in the conspiracy>
2 : to suggest or show involvement of in a crime <among the evidence that incriminated him was a box of trigger devices> — see also self-incrimination
incrimination\in-ˌkri-mə-ˈnā-shən\ play noun
incriminatory\in-ˈkri-mə-nə-ˌtōr-ē\ play adjective
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