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verb in·crim·i·nate \in-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt\

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


Full Definition of INCRIMINATE

transitive verb
:  to charge with or show evidence or proof of involvement in a crime or fault
in·crim·i·na·tion \-ˌkri-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun
in·crim·i·na·to·ry \-ˈkrim-nə-ˌtr-ē, -ˈkri-mə-\ adjective


  1. Material found at the crime scene incriminates the defendant.
  2. <in exchange for a reduced sentence, the thief agreed to incriminate his accomplice>


Late Latin incriminatus, past participle of incriminare, from Latin in- + crimin-, crimen crime
First Known Use: circa 1736

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


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INCRIMINATORY Defined for Kids


verb in·crim·i·nate \in-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of INCRIMINATE for Kids

:  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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