Definition of blameworthy in US English:

blameworthy

adjective

  • Responsible for wrongdoing and deserving of censure or blame.

    • ‘He sighed, and somehow she felt deeply blameworthy.’
    • ‘The rule is counterintuitive - by comparison, most people feel that repeating gossip is less blameworthy than initiating it - but it is the law.’
    • ‘The newspaper casts both political parties as equally blameworthy.’
    • ‘There are cases in which someone knowingly performs a corrupt action but is, say, coerced into so doing, and is therefore not blameworthy.’
    • ‘The investigator found that the council was not blameworthy of doing anything wrong in the circumstances.’
    • ‘He says he thinks that the original authors are just as blameworthy as the spreaders.’
    • ‘This requires the existence of a just culture, one possessing a collective understanding of where the line should be drawn between blameless and blameworthy actions.’
    • ‘His aggressive pleasure was disconcerting, though hardly blameworthy given the open-ended terms of the experiment.’
    • ‘It is true that accomplices are normally less blameworthy than principals and therefore deserve less severe sentences.’
    • ‘In other words, it's a way of blaming the victim even though the victim has not done anything blameworthy.’
    • ‘Decisions are often based not on general concepts of blameworthy or culpable conduct, but on the precise interpretation of technical terms within the act.’
    • ‘Any behaviour which causes harm to oneself and others could be called blameworthy while any behaviour that causes no harm could be called praiseworthy.’
    • ‘But naivety - especially willed naivety - is certainly blameworthy if one ought to know better.’
    • ‘If criminals under a particular age are less blameworthy than other criminals it might seem to follow that we should spare such criminals the harshest sentence.’
    • ‘She then goes on to say that there is absolutely no excuse for this ignorance concerning punctuation; even the much favoured scapegoat, the U.S., is not considered blameworthy.’
    • ‘A much larger issue is whether people and companies who disclose vulnerabilities are blameworthy when hackers write exploits that target that vulnerability.’
    • ‘The death penalty is ostensibly reserved for the most blameworthy criminals.’
    • ‘The huge number of people who ignore traffic regulations suggests that the system is as blameworthy as the motorist.’
    • ‘The question is: who were more blameworthy, those who enacted evil out of blind conviction or those who betrayed intellectual ideals?’
    • ‘It's true that there is no simple chain of blameworthy actions which led to this deterioration.’
    culpable, reprehensible, indefensible, inexcusable, guilty, criminal, delinquent, sinful, wicked, wrong, evil, shameful, discreditable
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Pronunciation

blameworthy

/ˈblāmˌwərT͟Hē//ˈbleɪmˌwərði/