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incriminate

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verb in·crim·i·nate \in-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt\

Simple Definition of incriminate

  • : to cause (someone) to appear guilty of or responsible for something (such as a crime)

Full Definition of incriminate

in·crim·i·nat·edin·crim·i·nat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to charge with or show evidence or proof of involvement in a crime or fault

in·crim·i·na·tion play \-ˌkri-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun
in·crim·i·na·to·ry play \-ˈkrim-nə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈkri-mə-\ adjective

Examples of incriminate

  1. Material found at the crime scene incriminates the defendant.

  2. <in exchange for a reduced sentence, the thief agreed to incriminate his accomplice>



Origin of incriminate

Late Latin incriminatus, past participle of incriminare, from Latin in- + crimin-, crimen crime


First Known Use: circa 1736

Rhymes with incriminate

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INCRIMINATE Defined for Kids

incriminate

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verb in·crim·i·nate \in-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of incriminate

in·crim·i·nat·edin·crim·i·nat·ing

  1. :  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>





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