incriminate

verb
in·​crim·​i·​nate | \ in-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce incriminate (audio) \
incriminated; incriminating

Definition of incriminate

transitive verb

: to charge with or show evidence or proof of involvement in a crime or fault

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Other Words from incriminate

incrimination \ in-​ˌkri-​mə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce incriminate (audio) \ noun
incriminatory \ in-​ˈkrim-​nə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce incriminate (audio) , -​ˈkri-​mə-​ \ adjective

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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.

Examples of incriminate in a Sentence

Material found at the crime scene incriminates the defendant. in exchange for a reduced sentence, the thief agreed to incriminate his accomplice
Recent Examples on the Web For years, members of the task force used their positions to steal money and drugs from citizens, and waged a campaign of deception that included planting evidence to incriminate the innocent. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Giuliani allegedly recruited Parnas and Furman to search for intelligence overseas that would incriminate Biden in advance of the 2020 election. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Information was altered and deleted, and false emails tried to incriminate lab officials who became whistleblowers. Graham Dunbar, ajc, 23 July 2021 Information was altered and deleted, and false emails tried to incriminate lab officials who became whistleblowers. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 Bauer pleaded the fifth so as not to incriminate himself. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 23 Aug. 2021 Paule said Thao’s Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself would be in jeopardy if the trials were held together. Fox News, 4 Aug. 2021 Paule said Thao’s 5th Amendment right not to incriminate himself would be in jeopardy if the trials were held together. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 On Thursday, Bauer was called to the witness stand and invoked his Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself, according to ESPN. Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 20 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of incriminate

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incriminate

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

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The first known use of incriminate was circa 1736

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10 Oct 2021

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“Incriminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incriminate. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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incriminate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of incriminate

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

incriminate

verb
in·​crim·​i·​nate | \ in-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce incriminate (audio) \
incriminated; incriminating

Kids Definition of incriminate

: 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, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

incriminate

transitive verb
in·​crim·​i·​nate | \ in-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce incriminate (audio) \
incriminated; incriminating

Legal Definition of incriminate

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

Other Words from incriminate

incrimination \ in-​ˌkri-​mə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce incriminate (audio) \ noun
incriminatory \ in-​ˈkri-​mə-​nə-​ˌtōr-​ē How to pronounce incriminate (audio) \ adjective

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