Definitions for blame
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word blame.
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"
a reproach for some lapse or misdeed
"he took the blame for it"; "it was a bum rap"
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"
put or pin the blame on
blame, find fault, pickverb
harass with constant criticism
"Don't always pick on your little brother"
attribute responsibility to
"We blamed the accident on her"; "The tragedy was charged to her inexperience"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
Etymology: blâmer, Fr.
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.
Blame is the act of censuring, holding responsible, or making negative statements about an individual or group that their actions or inaction 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, it may be said 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 their own sense of style for their own dress sense.
Blame refers to assigning or placing responsibility or fault on someone or something for a negative situation, action, or outcome. It involves holding someone accountable for causing harm, wrongdoing, or mistakes. Blame often entails pointing out errors, shortcomings, or failures and can lead to feelings of guilt, criticism, or negative judgment towards the person or entity being blamed.
to censure; to express disapprobation of; to find fault with; to reproach
to bring reproach upon; to blemish
an expression of disapprobation fir something deemed to be wrong; imputation of fault; censure
that which is deserving of censure or disapprobation; culpability; fault; crime; sin
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
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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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'blame' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4253
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'blame' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2467
Rank popularity for the word 'blame' in Verbs Frequency: #447
The numerical value of blame in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of blame in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple Who is to blame for the riots The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings The killers are to blame.
It is ironic that comedy -- the one thing that kept me alive and gave me hope -- was the same thing that took everything from me, but I don't blame comedy. I will never blame comedy. I blame the system, the government and the state of our society.
Hue Jackson has never ever accepted any responsibility for our record during that time period, he’s been masterful at pointing fingers but has never accepted any blame. I have accepted a ton of blame, and rightfully so. There are a lot of things I could’ve done better. Hue has never accepted blame for one thing.
There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.
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Translations for blame
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- يلوم, لومArabic
- вина, виня, обвинявамBulgarian
- culpar, culpaCatalan, Valencian
- skylde, dadle, bebrejdeDanish
- beschuldigen, Schuld, verantwortlich machenGerman
- culpa, culpar, reprochar, echar la culpaSpanish
- syyttää, syyllisyysFinnish
- blâmer, blâme, coupabilité, reprocherFrench
- coire, cronScottish Gaelic
- האשים, אשמהHebrew
- hibáztat, okol, kárhoztatHungarian
- մեղք, մեղադրելArmenian
- colpa, biasimare, incolpareItalian
- 비난하다, 탓, 비난, 원망, 원망하다, 탓하다Korean
- uapare, whakatuakiMāori
- schuld, beschuldigen, verwijten, wijtenDutch
- wina, winićPolish
- culpa, culparPortuguese
- inculpa, blama, învinovăți, învinuiRomanian
- обвинить, вина, обвинять, вини́тьRussian
- skylla, klandra, skuldSwedish
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