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

Definition of blameworthy

: being at fault : deserving blame

Other Words from blameworthy

blameworthiness noun

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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 But where that entry is not successful, once again, fingers will be pointed at those perceived as blameworthy. David Reichenberg, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 Those who intentionally seek to inflict injury are considered most blameworthy, while those who cause harm through negligence, or failure to exercise ordinary care, are least culpable. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 10 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 6 Feb. 2018 Isaacson sees Jobs as being hardly more blameworthy, even in his worst moments, than other powerful people. Ben Austen, WIRED, 23 July 2012 See More

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First Known Use of blameworthy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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: deserving blame

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