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 blameless (audio) \ adjective
blamelessly adverb
blamelessness noun

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, "Laura Loomer Banned from Uber & Lyft After Anti-Muslim Tweetstorm," 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, "Two years ago, a beloved NoDa music venue closed. Now its owner has a new project," 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, "Four Takeaways from Alabama's win over Tennessee: Tide OC Brian Daboll impresses," 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, "Former Real Estate Guitarist Matt Mondanile Responds to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct," 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, "Trump's move on Iran deal? At its core, a compromise with his cabinet.," 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, "Europe's Rivers Overfloweth," 10 Nov. 2017 American intelligence chiefs blamed those hacking attacks on Russian military intelligence. The Economist, "Manafort overboardDonald Trump’s former campaign chief is indicted," 4 Nov. 2017 But CW Hemp blamed its customer testimonials for going too far. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "Pot Doesn’t Cure Cancer and Stop Saying it Does, FDA Says," 1 Nov. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Maybe Gruden gets part of the blame for that one, or perhaps credit the Titans’ defense. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Derek Carr ‘played well,’ but oh, that throwaway," 8 Dec. 2019 While plenty of blame can be directed toward the Patriots’ wide receivers not named Edelman and an inconsistent running game, Brady is clearly struggling this season. oregonlive, "Questions about Tom Brady increase after the New England Patriots’ loss to the Houston Texans," 2 Dec. 2019 This year, the weather may even bare some of the blame. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Black Friday powered more by tradition than discounts for some Denver area shoppers," 29 Nov. 2019 And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will deftly stitch that jacket of blame for Schiff to wear. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Trump Impeachment Theater offers two plotlines for Schiff," 28 Nov. 2019 Some of the blame can be placed on the Pistons roster already missing 29 games from players expected to be part of the playing rotation. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Blake Griffin puts it simply: 'I just got to be better'," 22 Nov. 2019 Shouldering the lion’s share of the blame has undermined the FDA’s credibility at a critical point in time. Joshua M. Sharfstein, STAT, "Why the FDA was unable to prevent a crisis of vaping among kids," 21 Nov. 2019 As always, the answer is complex, but much of the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the Norse. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Vikings killed off Iceland’s walruses," 4 Nov. 2019 The Flyers are just 5-5 against the Over/Under over their last 10 games, but the Devils have gone 7-3 against the projection with faulty goaltending taking most of the blame. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Flyers-Devils odds: Philadelphia spotted juicy odds as road underdogs," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Blame.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blaming. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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More Definitions for blame

blame

verb
How to pronounce blame (audio)

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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