Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To incriminate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To accuse, incriminate, impeach.
  • v. To rebuke, censure, reprimand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To accuse of, or charge with, a crime.
  • transitive v. To involve in a crime or in its consequences; to render liable to a criminal charge.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bring an accusation against; level a charge against
  • v. rebuke formally

Etymologies

Latin crīminārī, crīmināt-, to accuse, from crīmen, crīmin-, accusation; see crime.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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.

    Calling All Culturati: James Wolcott

  • Xanne Joi has the right to criminate, but the rest of us have a right to recriminate.

    Sorry, Pal

  • 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.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • 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.

    The Old Curiosity Shop

  • 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.

    A Child's History of England

  • ‘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?’

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • Hebert conceived the infamous idea of wringing from this boy revelations to criminate his unhappy mother.

    Archive 2007-10-14

  • 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.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • This, however, likewise rendered the discovery of the conspirators impossible, for no man could betray his comrade, nor, of course, would he criminate himself.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • 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.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

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  • 'Although there may be other particulars of a public nature, tending to criminate this person, I do not think a larger and more copious catalogue is necessary to be exhibited to this worshipful bench; because the proof of all will lie before a court of superior jurisdiction.'
    —Robert Bage, 1796, Hermsprong

    March 22, 2009