transitive verb (-nated; -nating) Etymology: Late Latin incriminatus, past participle of incriminare, from Latin in- + crimin-, crimen crime Date: circa 1736 to charge with or show evidence or proof of involvement in a crime or fault • incrimination nounincriminatory adjective

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  • incriminate — in·crim·i·nate /in kri mə ˌnāt/ vt nat·ed, nat·ing 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 trigge …   Law dictionary

  • incriminate — (v.) 1730, back formation from incrimination or else from M.L. incriminatus, pp. of incriminare to incriminate, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + criminare to accuse of a crime, from crimen (gen. criminis) crime (see CRIME ( …   Etymology dictionary

  • Incriminate — In*crim i*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Incriminated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Incriminating}.] [LL. incriminatus, p. p. of incriminare; in in + criminare, criminari, to accuse one of a crime. See {Criminate}.] To accuse; to charge with a crime or fault;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incriminate — impeach, indict, *accuse, charge, arraign Analogous words: *involve, implicate Contrasted words: *exculpate, exonerate, absolve, acquit, vindicate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • incriminate — [v] accuse allege, attack, attribute, blame, brand, bring charges, charge, cite, finger*, frame, hold accountable, implicate, inculpate, indict, involve, name, pin on*, point the finger at*, prosecute, serve summons; concept 44 …   New thesaurus

  • incriminate — ► VERB ▪ make (someone) appear guilty of a crime or wrongdoing. DERIVATIVES incrimination noun incriminatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin incriminare accuse , from crimen crime …   English terms dictionary

  • incriminate — [in krim′i nāt΄] vt. incriminated, incriminating [< ML incriminatus, pp. of incriminare: see IN 1 & CRIMINATE] 1. to charge with a crime; accuse 2. to involve in, or make appear guilty of, a crime or fault incrimination n. incriminatory [in… …   English World dictionary

  • incriminate — UK [ɪnˈkrɪmɪneɪt] / US [ɪnˈkrɪmɪˌneɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms incriminate : present tense I/you/we/they incriminate he/she/it incriminates present participle incriminating past tense incriminated past participle incriminated to show or make …   English dictionary

  • incriminate — v. (D; tr.) to incriminate in * * * [ɪn krɪmɪneɪt] (D; tr.) to incriminate in …   Combinatory dictionary

  • incriminate — in|crim|i|nate [ınˈkrımıneıt] v [T] [Date: 1700 1800; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of incriminare, from Latin crimen; CRIME] to make someone seem guilty of a crime incriminate yourself ▪ He refused to answer questions for fear he might …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • incriminate — incrimination, n. incriminator, n. incriminatory /in krim euh neuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /in krim euh nayt /, v.t., incriminated, incriminating. 1. to accuse of or present proof of a crime or fault: He incriminated both men to the grand jury. 2 …   Universalium

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