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blame

verb \ ˈblām \

Definition of blame

blamed; blaming
transitive verb
1 :to find fault with :censure
  • the right to praise or blame a literary work
2 a :to hold responsible
  • they blame me for everything
b :to place responsibility for
  • blames it on me

blamer

noun
to blame
:at fault :responsible
  • says he's not to blame for the accident

Is it blame on or blame for?

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

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of blame

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


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blame

noun

Definition of blame

1 :an expression of disapproval or reproach :censure
  • … saying nothing … either in the way of blame or praise.
  • —R. L. Stevenson
2 a :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

blameless

play \-ləs\ adjective

blamelessly

adverb

blamelessness

noun

Examples of blame in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of blame from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of blame

see 1blame



BLAME Defined for English Language Learners

blame

verb

Definition of blame for English Language Learners

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


blame

noun

Definition of blame for English Language Learners

  • : responsibility for something that fails or is wrong


BLAME Defined for Kids

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blame

verb \ ˈblām \

Definition of blame for Students

blamed; blaming
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.

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blame

noun

Definition of blame for Students

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

blameless

\ˈblām-ləs\ adjective


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