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 blame (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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 10 Nov. 2017 American intelligence chiefs blamed those hacking attacks on Russian military intelligence. The Economist, 4 Nov. 2017 But CW Hemp blamed its customer testimonials for going too far. Maggie Fox, NBC News, 1 Nov. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Earlier this month, Larry Elder appeared with leaders of the Gascón recall effort in downtown L.A., laying blame on the governor and prosecutors like Gascón for rising crime rates. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 The service district directed blame to Portland Public Schools. oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2021 When mistakes are free of blame and shame and replaced with consistent feedback based on personal and company growth, innovation soars and teams collaborate without the threat of being wrong. Kevin Coker, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 But Newsom wound up getting far more credit than blame for how he's handled the pandemic. Rick Klein, ABC News, 14 Sep. 2021 Now the Biden Administration recently announced a beef with the beef, pork and poultry processors placing blame on just a few. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 14 Sep. 2021 All the blame, however, shouldn't fall to Jackson alone. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2021 Pin the blame on body chemicals that fight infectious bugs. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, 13 Sep. 2021 When the kidnapping case was filed in October 2020, Whitmer, a Democrat, pinned some blame on Trump, saying his refusal to denounce far-right groups had inspired extremists across the U.S. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 13 Sep. 2021

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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 26 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for blame

blame

verb

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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