- 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.
transitive verbblamed, blam′ing
- 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 of blameMiddle 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
- Obs. blameworthiness; fault
be to blame
transitive verbblamed, blam·ing, blames
- To consider responsible for a misdeed, failure, or undesirable outcome: blamed the coach for the loss; blamed alcohol for his bad behavior.
- To find fault with; criticize: I can't blame you for wanting your fair share.
- To place responsibility for (something): blamed the crisis on poor planning.
- The state of being responsible for a fault or error; culpability.
- Censure; condemnation: “Hoover hazarded more in the way of federal response to economic crisis than any president before him, but his efforts were not enough to divert the blame and wrath of the American people” ( Michael B. Stoff )
Origin of blameMiddle English blamen from Old French blasmer, blamer from Vulgar Latin blastēmāre alteration of Late Latin blasphēmāre to reproach ; see blaspheme .
- blam′a·ble blame′a·ble
- blam′a·bly blame′a·bly
Middle English, from Old French blasme
(third-person singular simple present blames, present participle blaming, simple past and past participle blamed)
Middle English, from Old French blasmer, from Late Latin blasphēmō (“to reproach, to revile”). Compare blaspheme