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

  • transitive v. To hold responsible.
  • transitive v. To find fault with; censure.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Censure.
  • n. Culpability for something negative or undesirable.
  • n. Responsibility for something meriting censure.
  • v. To censure (someone or something); to criticize.
  • v. To bring into disrepute.
  • v. 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).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. Hurt; injury.
  • transitive v. To censure; to express disapprobation of; to find fault with; to reproach.
  • transitive v. To bring reproach upon; to blemish.

from The 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.

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

  • 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 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)
Middle English, from Old French blasme (Wiktionary)
Middle English, from Old French blasmer, from Late Latin blasphēmō ("to reproach, to revile"). Compare blaspheme (Wiktionary)



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