self-incrimination

noun
self-in·​crim·​i·​na·​tion | \ˌself-in-ˌkri-mə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of self-incrimination 

: incrimination of oneself specifically : the giving of testimony which will likely subject one to criminal prosecution

First Known Use of self-incrimination

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-incrimination was in 1848

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self-incrimination

noun
self-in·​crim·​i·​na·​tion | \ˌself-in-ˌkri-mə-ˈnā-shən\

Legal Definition of self-incrimination 

: incrimination of and by oneself especially through testimony — see also privilege against self-incrimination at privilege

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