- The definition of blame is responsibility for something that has gone wrong, or is the act of assigning that responsibility to someone.
When the house burns down and you admit fault for causing the fire, this is an example of a time when you take the blame.
- To blame is to point the finger at someone else and declare him/her responsible for a fault or wrong.
When a vase breaks and you tell your mom that your sister did it, this is an example of a time when you blame your sister.
blame definition by Webster's New World
- to accuse of being at fault; condemn (for something); censure
- to find fault with (for something)
- to place responsibility for (an error, fault, etc.) on someone or something
Origin: Middle English blamen ; from Old French blasmer, to speak evil of ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin blasphemare, blaspheme
- the act of blaming; accusation; condemnation; censure
- responsibility for a fault or wrong
- Obsolete blameworthiness; fault
blame definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb blamed blamed, blam·ing, blames
- To hold responsible.
- To find fault with; censure.
- To place responsibility for (something): blamed the crisis on poor planning.
- The state of being responsible for a fault or error; culpability.
- Censure; condemnation.
Origin: Middle English blamen, from Old French blasmer, blamer, from Vulgar Latin *blastēmāre, alteration of Late Latin blasphēmāre, to reproach; see blaspheme.
- blamˈer noun
blame - Phrases/Idioms
be to blame
- Deserving censure; at fault.
- Being the cause or source of something: A freak storm was to blame for the power outage.