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

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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 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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“Blameworthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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) \

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: deserving blame

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