What does blame mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incrimination, inculpation, blamenoun

    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, rapadjective

    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, infernalverb

    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, faultverb

    put or pin the blame on

  5. blame, find fault, pickverb

    harass with constant criticism

    "Don't always pick on your little brother"

  6. blame, chargeverb

    attribute responsibility to

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Blamenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    In arms, the praise of success is shared amongst many; yet the blame of misadventures is charged upon one. John Hayward.

    They lay the blame on the poor little ones, sometimes passionately enough, to divert it from themselves. John Locke.

    Who would not judge us to be discharged of all blame, which are confest to have no great fault, even by their very word and testimony, in whose eyes no fault of ours hath ever hitherto been accustomed to seem small. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 27.

    I unspeak mine own detraction; here abjure
    The taints and blames I laid upon myself,
    For strangers to my nature. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Therewith upon his crest,
    With rigour so outrageous he smit,
    That a large share it hew’d out of the rest,
    And glancing down his shield, from blame him fairly blest. Fairy Queen, b. i. cant. ii. stanz. 18.

    You were to blame, I must be plain with you,
    To part so slightly with your wife’s first gift. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    I do not ask whether they were mistaken; but, on supposition they were not, whether they were to blame in the manner. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Now we should hold them much to blame,
    If they went back before they came. Matthew Prior.

  2. To BLAMEverb

    Etymology: blâmer, Fr.

    Our pow’r
    Shall do a court’sy to our wrath, which men
    May blame, but not controul. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Porphyrius, you too far did tempt your fate;
    ’Tis true, your duty to me it became;
    But praising that, I must your conduct blame. John Dryden, Tyrannick Love.

    Each finding, like a friend,
    Something to blame, and something to commend. Alexander Pope.

    The reader must not blame me for making use here, all along of the word sentiment. John Locke.

    Tomoreus he blam’d of inconsiderate rashness, for that he would busy himself in matters not belonging to his vocation. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blameverb

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

  2. Blameverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blame

    blām, v.t. to find fault with: to censure.—n. imputation of a fault: crime: censure.—adj. Blam′able, deserving of blame: faulty.—n. Blam′ableness.—adv. Blam′ably.—adj. Blame′ful, meriting blame: criminal.—adv. Blame′fully.—n. Blame′fullness.—adj. Blameless, without blame: guiltless: innocent.—adv. Blame′lessly.—ns. Blame′lessness; Blame′worthiness, quality of being worthy of blame: blamableness.—adj. Blame′worthy, worthy of blame: culpable. [Fr. blâmer, blasmer—Gr. blasphēme-ein, to speak ill. See Blaspheme.]

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  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 for blame »

  1. mabel

  2. amble

  3. belam

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blame in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blame in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of blame in a Sentence

  1. Steven Hoffman:

    Do celebrities have an impact on health outcomes? We know they do. ... There's so many studies out there that have demonstrated that when celebrities either give helpful or harmful advice to people, it's routinely followed, i do blame celebrities, because they need to recognize the impact they can have and the potential harm that can result from it.

  2. Dutch Proverb:

    When two quarrel, both are to blame.

  3. Alex Vatanka:

    The pandemic showed that the leaders in the Islamic Republic always want to skirt responsibility, and there was plenty of blame-shifting on this occasion, the regime is desperate for hard cash; it has looked to any and all sources possible.

  4. National Security Action.Tom Collina:

    I see all the pieces being put on the table, by John Bolton primarily, setting up a situation where Ben Talebu gets drawn into war with Iran in a way that the Trump administration can deny blame.

  5. Hossein Kazempour Ardebili:

    You cannot place sanctions on two OPEC founder members and still blame OPEC for oil price volatility.

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