Definition of incriminate in English:



  • Make (someone) appear guilty of a crime or wrongdoing:

    ‘he refused to answer questions in order not to incriminate himself’
    ‘incriminating evidence’
    • ‘You do not have to answer the questions if you believe the answers might incriminate you.’
    • ‘One Poke, the author of her pregnancy, gave evidence of a conversation incriminating the doctor.’
    • ‘I certainly didn't expect to have an in-house investigator running over my every word looking for evidence to incriminate me.’
    • ‘It doesn't tell you anything that matters, anything that incriminates me.’
    • ‘I accept the evidence of all three Crown witnesses that they have not attempted to manufacture together a script to incriminate the accused.’
    • ‘There was no need of any evidence that might incriminate him for treason.’
    • ‘Given a fair wind and, more to the point, given the burden and standard of proof required to incriminate him, this story might well have worked.’
    • ‘Chick had during his evidence withdrawn much, if not all, of his evidence incriminating Sherwood and O'Brien.’
    • ‘Fairness to the person who has incriminated himself and any others affected by the incriminating statement and any danger of oppression would also be relevant considerations.’
    • ‘Horse flies, deer flies, stable flies, horn flies, and others have been incriminated in disease transmission through interrupted feeding.’
    • ‘This opinion will, therefore, address the problem facing an attorney who in fact takes possession of physical evidence which incriminates a client and the disclosure of which to third parties could be damaging to the client.’
    • ‘Yes sir, I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that it may incriminate me!’
    • ‘Cindy got the tape that incriminates Grant after she heard Marley tell Jake where it was hidden.’
    • ‘Benicia invited Martin to lunch to discuss evidence that could incriminate him in the embezzlement.’
    • ‘Nobody is held accountable or the evidence is insufficient to incriminate anyone.’
    • ‘But it provides the protection against giving evidence in which you might incriminate yourself.’
    • ‘The appellant was not compelled to incriminate himself.’
    • ‘He gave evidence, of course, having been warned that he could refuse to answer any question that might incriminate him.’
    • ‘In doing so she noticed the half written text totally incriminating him and his nefarious activities.’
    • ‘However, Germany has insisted it cannot bend its laws forbidding supplying evidence that could incriminate someone facing execution.’
    implicate, involve
    blame, accuse, denounce, inform against, blacken the name of
    frame, set up, point the finger at, pin the blame on, stick the blame on, grass on, rat on
    fit up
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Mid 18th century (earlier ( mid 17th century) as incrimination): from late Latin incriminat- accused, from the verb incriminare, from in- into, towards + Latin crimen crime.