American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To hold responsible.
- v. To find fault with; censure.
- v. To place responsibility for (something): blamed the crisis on poor planning.
- n. The state of being responsible for a fault or error; culpability.
- n. Censure; condemnation.
- idiom. to blame Deserving censure; at fault.
- idiom. to blame Being the cause or source of something: A freak storm was to blame for the power outage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To express disapprobation of; find fault with; censure: opposed to praise or commend.
- Formerly it might be followed by of.
- To charge; impute as a fault; lay the responsibility of: as, he blames the failure on you.
- To bring reproach upon; blemish; injure.
- [In such phrases as he is to blame, to blame, by an old and common construction, has the passive meaning ‘to be blamed, blamable.’ Compare a house to let, hire, build; grain ready to cut, etc.
- In writers of the Elizabethan period it was often written too blame, blame apparently being mistaken for an adjective.] Synonyms To reprove, reproach, chide, upbraid, reprehend. See decry.
- n. An expression of disapproval of something deemed to be wrong; imputation of a fault; censure; reprehension.
- n. That which is deserving of censure or disapprobation; fault; crime; sin.
- n. Culpability; responsibility for something that is wrong: as, the blame is yours.
- n. Hurt; injury.
- n. Censure.
- n. Culpability for something negative or undesirable.
- n. Responsibility for something meriting censure.
- v. To censure (someone or something); to criticize.
- v. obsolete To bring into disrepute.
- v. transitive, usually followed by "for" To assert or consider that someone is the cause of something negative; to place blame, to attribute responsibility (for something negative or for doing something negative).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To censure; to express disapprobation of; to find fault with; to reproach.
- v. obsolete To bring reproach upon; to blemish.
- n. An expression of disapprobation fir something deemed to be wrong; imputation of fault; censure.
- n. That which is deserving of censure or disapprobation; culpability; fault; crime; sin.
- n. obsolete Hurt; injury.
- v. harass with constant criticism
- v. put or pin the blame on
- v. attribute responsibility to
- n. a reproach for some lapse or misdeed
- n. an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed
- adj. expletives used informally as intensifiers
- Middle English, from Old French blasmer, from Late Latin blasphēmō ("to reproach, to revile"). Compare blaspheme (Wiktionary)
- Middle English blamen, from Old French blasmer, blamer, from Vulgar Latin *blastēmāre, alteration of Late Latin blasphēmāre, to reproach; see blaspheme. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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