American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To incriminate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To charge with a crime; declare to be guilty of a crime.
- To involve in the commission or the consequences of a crime; incriminate; reflexively, manifest or disclose the commission of crime by.
- To censure or hold up to censure; inveigh against or blame as criminal; impugn.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To accuse of, or charge with, a crime.
- v. To involve in a crime or in its consequences; to render liable to a criminal charge.
- v. bring an accusation against; level a charge against
- v. rebuke formally
- Latin crīminārī, crīmināt-, to accuse, from crīmen, crīmin-, accusation; see crime. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Director H. Bruce H.mberstone and cinematographer Edward Cronjager were prolific hacks who began in silent pictures and ended on television, their careers defined by indis criminate efficiency.”
“Xanne Joi has the right to criminate, but the rest of us have a right to recriminate.”
“How far you may be implicated in this last transaction, or how far the person who is now in custody may criminate you, you best know.”
“To work this sportive vein still further, Mr Brass, by his counsel, moved in arrest of judgment that he had been led to criminate himself, by assurances of safety and promises of pardon, and claimed the leniency which the law extends to such confiding natures as are thus deluded.”
“London, and was considered as offending against the six articles, and was taken to the Tower, and put upon the rack — probably because it was hoped that she might, in her agony, criminate some obnoxious persons; if falsely, so much the better.”
“‘I suppose, Sir,’ said Mr. Pickwick, his indignation rising while he spoke — ‘I suppose, Sir, that it is the intention of your employers to seek to criminate me upon the testimony of my own friends?’”
“Hebert conceived the infamous idea of wringing from this boy revelations to criminate his unhappy mother.”
“As the spirit of party, in different degrees, must be expected to infect all political bodies, there will be, no doubt, persons in the national legislature willing enough to arraign the measures and criminate the views of the majority.”
“This, however, likewise rendered the discovery of the conspirators impossible, for no man could betray his comrade, nor, of course, would he criminate himself.”
“No tenderness for her was at the bottom of this; but he had a misgiving that she might have been waylaid, and tempted into saying something that would criminate him when the news came.”
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