blame·​wor·​thy | \ ˈblām-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce blameworthy (audio) \

Definition of blameworthy

: being at fault : deserving blame

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blameworthy, blamable, guilty, culpable mean deserving reproach or punishment. blameworthy and blamable apply to any degree of reprehensibility. conduct adjudged blameworthy an accident for which no one is blamable guilty implies responsibility for or consciousness of crime, sin, or, at the least, grave error or misdoing. guilty of a breach of etiquette culpable is weaker than guilty and is likely to connote malfeasance or errors of ignorance, omission, or negligence. culpable neglect

Examples of blameworthy in a Sentence

Their failure to adequately inform participants of the risks was morally blameworthy. we were all equally blameworthy, whether we had openly approved the free-speech restrictions or simply kept quiet about them
Recent Examples on the Web The idea of violent crimes as a separate universe, categorically more dangerous and blameworthy than other offenses, dates back little more than half a century. David Alan Sklansky, Time, "How We Define Violent Crime in America Shapes Who Gets Punished for It—And Who Doesn't," 7 Apr. 2021 These stories run a big-haired gamut in terms of individual culpability, but in every case, popular culture found a way to blame the woman, often to excuse a more blameworthy man. New York Times, "Woody Allen, Mia Farrow and What Popular Culture Wants to Believe," 2 Mar. 2021 David’s work provided a potent critique of the dominant financial morality, which sees debtors as blameworthy or even criminal. Isabelle Frémeaux, The New York Review of Books, "David Graeber, 1961–2020," 5 Sep. 2020 Whether blameworthy or not, the use of the cloak of social responsibility, and the nonsense spoken in its name by influential and prestigious businessmen, does clearly harm the foundations of a free society. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: SEC, USO, SRI, etc.," 19 Aug. 2020 The persistent fantasy that Trump can somehow be leveraged from office is behind the push to criminalize any blameworthy conduct on his part or that of his associates. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Robert Mueller Is No Ken Starr," 6 Feb. 2018 Isaacson sees Jobs as being hardly more blameworthy, even in his worst moments, than other powerful people. Ben Austen, WIRED, "The Story of Steve Jobs: An Inspiration or a Cautionary Tale?," 23 July 2012 And yet the court allowed states to try to correct the problem by passing new laws that limited the death penalty to certain types of crimes the state considered most blameworthy. Emily Bazelon, New York Times, "Where the Death Penalty Still Lives," 23 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of blameworthy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blameworthy

formal : deserving blame : bad or wrong


blame·​wor·​thy | \ ˈblām-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce blameworthy (audio) \

Kids Definition of blameworthy

: deserving blame

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