Blame meaning

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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.

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To consider responsible for a misdeed, failure, or undesirable outcome.

Blamed the coach for the loss; blamed alcohol for his bad behavior.

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To place responsibility for (something).

Blamed the crisis on poor planning.

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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.

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To find fault with; criticize.

I can't blame you for wanting your fair share.

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To find fault with (for something)
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The state of being responsible for a fault or error; culpability.
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Censure; condemnation.
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To accuse of being at fault; condemn (for something); censure.
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To place responsibility for (an error, fault, etc.) on someone or something.
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The act of blaming; accusation; condemnation; censure.
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Responsibility for a fault or wrong.
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Blameworthiness; fault.
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Blame came from all directions.

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Culpability for something negative or undesirable.

The blame for starting the fire lies with the arsonist.

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Responsibility for something meriting censure.

They accepted the blame, but it was an accident.

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To censure (someone or something); to criticize.
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(usually followed by "for") 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).

The arsonist was blamed for the fire.

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to blame
  • Deserving censure or disapproval; at fault:.
    An investigation to determine who was to blame for the leak.
  • Being the cause or source of something:.
    A freak storm was to blame for the power outage.
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be to blame
  • To be blamable; be at fault.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

be to blame

Origin of blame

  • Middle English blamen from Old French blasmer, blamer from Vulgar Latin blastēmāre alteration of Late Latin blasphēmāre to reproach blaspheme

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, from Old French blasmer, from Late Latin blasphēmō (“to reproach, to revile”). Compare blaspheme

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English, from Old French blasme

    From Wiktionary