- The definition of incriminate is to make someone seem guilty or to implicate someone in wrongdoing.
When you tell the police that your friend Bob helped you rob a store, this is an example of when you incriminate Bob.
transitive verbin·crim·i·nat·ed, in·crim·i·nat·ing, in·crim·i·nates
- To accuse of a crime or other wrongful act.
- To cause to appear guilty of a crime or fault; implicate: testimony that incriminated the defendant.
Origin of incriminateLate Latin incrīmināre, incrīmināt- : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in–2 + Latin crīmen, crīmin-, crime; see crime.
(third-person singular simple present incriminates, present participle incriminating, simple past and past participle incriminated)
- From Latin incriminatum, past participle of incriminare.
incriminate - Legal Definition