incriminate

verb in·crim·i·nate \ in-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt \

Definition of incriminate

incriminated; incriminating
transitive verb
:to charge with or show evidence or proof of involvement in a crime or fault

incrimination

play \in-ˌkri-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

incriminatory

play \in-ˈkrim-nə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈkri-mə-\ adjective

Examples of incriminate in a Sentence

  1. Material found at the crime scene incriminates the defendant.

  2. in exchange for a reduced sentence, the thief agreed to incriminate his accomplice

Recent Examples of incriminate from the Web

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Did You Know?

Testimony may incriminate a suspect by placing him at the scene of a crime, and incriminating evidence is the kind that strongly links him to it. But the word doesn't always refer to an actual crime. We can say, for instance, that a virus has been incriminated as the cause of a type of cancer, or that video games have been incriminated in the decline in study skills among young people.

Origin and Etymology of incriminate

Late Latin incriminatus, past participle of incriminare, from Latin in- + crimin-, crimen crime


INCRIMINATE Defined for English Language Learners

incriminate

verb

Definition of incriminate for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to appear guilty of or responsible for something (such as a crime)


INCRIMINATE Defined for Kids

incriminate

verb in·crim·i·nate \ in-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt \

Definition of incriminate for Students

incriminated; incriminating
:to make (someone) appear guilty of or responsible for something
  • … the story of how it had fallen into his hands incriminated not only him, but his own father …
  • —J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire

Law Dictionary

incriminate

transitive verb in·crim·i·nate \ in-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt \

legal Definition of incriminate

incriminated; incriminating
1 :to charge with involvement in a crime
  • he was incriminated in the conspiracy
2 :to suggest or show involvement of in a crime
  • among the evidence that incriminated him was a box of trigger devices
— see also self-incrimination

incrimination

play \in-ˌkri-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

incriminatory

play \in-ˈkri-mə-nə-ˌtōr-ē\ adjective


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