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.
Blamed the coach for the loss; blamed alcohol for his bad behavior.
Blamed the crisis on poor planning.
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.
I can't blame you for wanting your fair share.
They accepted the blame, but it was an accident.
- 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.
- To be blamable; be at fault.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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
- Middle English, from Old French blasme