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blame Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed
    incrimination; inculpation.
    • his incrimination was based on my testimony
    • the police laid the blame on the driver
  2. noun a reproach for some lapse or misdeed
    • he took the blame for it
    • it was a bum rap
  3. verb put or pin the blame on
  4. verb harass with constant criticism
    find fault; pick.
    • Don't always pick on your little brother
  5. verb attribute responsibility to
    • We blamed the accident on her
    • The tragedy was charged to her inexperience
  6. adjective satellite expletives used informally as intensifiers
    darned; goddamned; goddam; goddamn; blessed; blamed; infernal; damn; deuced; damned; blasted.
    • he's a blasted idiot
    • it's a blamed shame
    • a blame cold winter
    • not a blessed dime
    • I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or goddamned) if I'll do any such thing
    • he's a damn (or goddam or goddamned) fool
    • a deuced idiot
    • an infernal nuisance

Blame transitive verb
OE. blamen, F. blâr, OF. blasmer, fr. L. blasphemare to blaspheme, LL. also to blame, fr. Gr. to speak ill to slander, to blaspheme, fr. evil speaking, perh, for ; injury (fr. to injure) + a saying, fr. to say. Cf. Blaspheme, and see Fame.
imperfect & past participle Blamed present participle & verbal noun Blaming
  1. To censure; to express disapprobation of; to find fault with; to reproach.
    We have none to blame but ourselves. Tillotson.
  2. To bring reproach upon; to blemish. Obs.
    She . . . blamed her noble blood. Spenser.
    You were to blame, I must be plain with you. Shak.
Blame noun
OE. blame, fr. F. blâme, OF. blasme, fr. blâmer, OF. blasmer, to blame. See Blame, v.
  1. An expression of disapprobation fir something deemed to be wrong; imputation of fault; censure.
    Let me bear the blame forever. Gen. xiiii. 9.
  2. That which is deserving of censure or disapprobation; culpability; fault; crime; sin.
    Holy and without blame before him in love. Eph. i. 4.
  3. Hurt; injury. Obs. Spenser. Syn. -- Censure; reprehension; condemnation; reproach; fault; sin; crime; wrongdoing.

Webster 1913