blame

verb
\ ˈblām How to pronounce blame (audio) \
blamed; blaming

Definition of blame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to find fault with : censure the right to praise or blame a literary work
2a : to hold responsible they blame me for everything
b : to place responsibility for blames it on me
to blame
: at fault : responsible says he's not to blame for the accident

blame

noun

Definition of blame (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an expression of disapproval or reproach : censure … saying nothing … either in the way of blame or praise.— R. L. Stevenson
2a : a state of being blameworthy : culpability … acknowledge the world as a world of common blame,— Muriel Rukeyser
b archaic : fault, sin
3 : responsibility for something believed to deserve censure they must share the blame

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Other Words from blame

Verb

blamer noun

Noun

blameless \ ˈblām-​ləs How to pronounce blameless (audio) \ adjective
blamelessly adverb
blamelessness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blame

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Is it blame on or blame for?: Usage Guide

Verb

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

Verb Don't blame me. You are responsible for your own problems. My father always blames everything on me. I blame the poor harvest on the weather. Noun It's not entirely his fault, but he's not completely free of blame, either. willingly accepted the blame for not seeing that the kitchen was properly cleaned
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The tweet marked the beginning of a daylong anti-Islamic social media attack that blamed all Muslims for ISIS terrorism. Chelsea Bailey, NBC News, "Laura Loomer Banned from Uber & Lyft After Anti-Muslim Tweetstorm," 2 Nov. 2017 Many have blamed Charlotte’s ongoing development boom for the loss of several of the city’s cultural hotspots. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Two years ago, a beloved NoDa music venue closed. Now its owner has a new project," 31 Oct. 2017 But don't blame Alabama for being gun-shy about using Fitzpatrick in that capacity after what happened to Eddie Jackson last season. Rainer Sabin, AL.com, "Four Takeaways from Alabama's win over Tennessee: Tide OC Brian Daboll impresses," 22 Oct. 2017 Despite Matt’s attorneys’ legal analysis of the allegations, Matt has insisted that nothing be said that blames or casts aspersions upon his accusers. Andy Cush, Billboard, "Former Real Estate Guitarist Matt Mondanile Responds to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct," 20 Oct. 2017 Trump blamed Corker for the Iran deal (though the senator did not support its original passage), and mocked his slight stature. Linda Feldmann, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump's move on Iran deal? At its core, a compromise with his cabinet.," 14 Oct. 2017 In areas around the North Sea and Mediterranean coast, however, later winter storms, indicated by cooler colors, are to blame for flooding. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "Europe's Rivers Overfloweth," 10 Nov. 2017 American intelligence chiefs blamed those hacking attacks on Russian military intelligence. The Economist, "Manafort overboardDonald Trump’s former campaign chief is indicted," 4 Nov. 2017 But CW Hemp blamed its customer testimonials for going too far. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "Pot Doesn’t Cure Cancer and Stop Saying it Does, FDA Says," 1 Nov. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The report put the blame entirely on the crew of the missile battery. Fox News, "Iran blames Ukrainian jetliner shootdown on miscommunication, misaligned missile battery," 13 July 2020 The report placed blame entirely on the crew of the missile battery, which differs from Iran's initial response denying any responsibility for the crash. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Iran cites communication and alignment errors for shooting down of Ukrainian jet," 12 July 2020 For their part, Americans have placed significant blame on pharmaceutical companies for drug prices. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Could a coronavirus vaccine rehab the pharmaceutical industry's reputation despite drug price increases?," 9 July 2020 But the great fiction writers who stormed the White House over the past few years share some of the blame, too. Washington Post, "Christopher Buckley’s ‘Make Russia Great Again’ is the Trump satire we’ve been waiting for," 6 July 2020 The blame game was quickly in full flow, with Djokovic's father Srdjan pointing the finger at Dimitrov. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "Novak Djokovic and the Adria Tour: the exhibition event that shocked tennis," 27 June 2020 Writer Parker Malloy also put the blame on the campaign. Travis M. Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Did TikTokers and K-pop fans foil Trump’s Tulsa rally? It’s complicated.," 22 June 2020 The tensions extend from the blame game between Xi and Trump over the coronavirus pandemic to both nations’ me-first economic policies, and their escalating jousts from the South China Sea to semiconductors and satellites. John Walcott, Time, "A Chilly Summit in Hawaii Spotlights Escalating U.S.-China Tensions," 19 June 2020 Some fee-hungry fund managers make hyperbolic claims about their influence, even as big-business bashers pin most of the blame for pollution on companies. The Economist, "Green investing has shortcomings," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of blame

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blame

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French blamer, blasmer, from Late Latin blasphemare to blaspheme, from Greek blasphēmein

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The first known use of blame was in the 13th century

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“Blame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blame. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for blame

blame

verb
How to pronounce blame (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of blame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

blame

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blame (Entry 2 of 2)

: responsibility for something that fails or is wrong

blame

verb
\ ˈblām How to pronounce blame (audio) \
blamed; blaming

Kids Definition of blame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to find fault with Who could blame her for wanting to leave?
2 : to hold responsible He blamed me for everything.
3 : to place responsibility for Don't blame the mistake on us.

blame

noun

Kids Definition of blame (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : responsibility for something that fails or is wrong They took blame for the defeat.
2 criticism sense 1 I heard both praise and blame.

Other Words from blame

blameless \ ˈblām-​ləs \ adjective

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