crim·​i·​nate ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce criminate (audio)
criminated; criminating
crimination noun

Examples of criminate in a Sentence

scornfully declaring that he was not the school's lone drug dealer, he immediately began criminating a host of confederates

Word History


borrowed from Latin crīminātus, past participle of crīminārī "to make charges against, accuse," derivative of crīmin-, crīmen "accusation, crime"

First Known Use

circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of criminate was circa 1637

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Cite this Entry

“Criminate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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