adjective Date: 14th century being at fault ; deserving blame • blameworthiness noun Synonyms: blameworthy, blamable, guilty, culpable mean deserving reproach or punishment. blameworthy and blamable apply to any degree of reprehensibility <
conduct adjudged blameworthy
an accident for which no one is blamable
. guilty implies responsibility for or consciousness of crime, sin, or, at the least, grave error or misdoing <
guilty of a breach of etiquette
. culpable is weaker than guilty and is likely to connote malfeasance or errors of ignorance, omission, or negligence <
culpable neglect

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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