Definitions for blamebleɪm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

blame*bleɪm(v.; n.)blamed, blam•ing

  1. (v.t.)to hold responsible:

    Don't blame me for the delay.

  2. to find fault with; censure:

    I don't blame you for leaving.

  3. to place the responsibility for (usu. fol. by on):

    to blame a mistake on someone.

  4. blast; damn (used as a mild curse):

    Blame the rotten luck.

    Category: Informal

  5. (n.)an act of attributing fault; censure; reproof.

  6. responsibility for anything deserving of censure:

    to take the blame for an error.

Idioms for blame:

  1. to blame, responsible; at fault; culpable.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: Blame on (They blamed the fight on me), blame alone (They blamed me), and blame for (They blamed me for it) all occur in educated usage and are all acceptable. Blame on is, however, considered informal by some commentators.

Origin of blame:

1150–1200; ME < AF, OF blasmer < VL *blastēmāre, for LL blasphēmāre to blaspheme


Princeton's WordNet

  1. incrimination, inculpation, blame(noun)

    an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed

    "his incrimination was based on my testimony"; "the police laid the blame on the driver"

  2. blame, rap(adj)

    a reproach for some lapse or misdeed

    "he took the blame for it"; "it was a bum rap"

  3. blasted, blame, blamed, blessed, damn, damned, darned, deuced, goddam, goddamn, goddamned, infernal(verb)

    expletives used informally as intensifiers

    "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"

  4. blame, fault(verb)

    put or pin the blame on

  5. blame, find fault, pick(verb)

    harass with constant criticism

    "Don't always pick on your little brother"

  6. blame, charge(verb)

    attribute responsibility to

    "We blamed the accident on her"; "The tragedy was charged to her inexperience"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. blame(verb)ɪm

    to believe or say sb is responsible for sth bad

    He does something wrong and blames it on his little sister.; Don't blame me for your problems.

  2. blameɪm

    to be responsible for sth bad

    Who's to blame for this?

  3. blameɪm

    implies you think sb is doing sth unwise

    Try, but don't blame me if it turns out wrong.

  4. blameɪm

    implies you think sb is right to do sth

    I don't blame you - I'd be mad too.

  5. blame(noun)ɪm

    responsibility for sth wrong or bad

    The police got the blame for the incident.; She took the blame for her son.; Put the blame on someone else.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blame(verb)

    to censure; to express disapprobation of; to find fault with; to reproach

  2. Blame(verb)

    to bring reproach upon; to blemish

  3. Blame

    an expression of disapprobation fir something deemed to be wrong; imputation of fault; censure

  4. Blame

    that which is deserving of censure or disapprobation; culpability; fault; crime; sin

  5. Blame

    hurt; injury


  1. Blame

    Blame is the act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible, the opposite of praise. When someone is morally responsible for doing something wrong their action is blameworthy. By contrast, when someone is morally responsible for doing something right, we may say that his or her action is praiseworthy. There are other senses of praise and blame that are not ethically relevant. One may praise someone's good dress sense, and blame the weather for a crop failure.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blame' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4253

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blame' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2467

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blame' in Verbs Frequency: #447

Anagrams of blame

  1. Amble

  2. Mabel

  3. Mable

  4. Melba

Translations for blame

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to consider someone or something responsible for something bad

I blame the wet road for the accident.

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