Definition of incriminate in English:



  • Make (someone) appear guilty of a crime or wrongdoing; strongly imply the guilt of (someone)

    ‘he refused to answer questions in order not to incriminate himself’
    ‘incriminating evidence’
    • ‘Benicia invited Martin to lunch to discuss evidence that could incriminate him in the embezzlement.’
    • ‘But it provides the protection against giving evidence in which you might incriminate yourself.’
    • ‘One Poke, the author of her pregnancy, gave evidence of a conversation incriminating the doctor.’
    • ‘Yes sir, I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that it may incriminate me!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You do not have to answer the questions if you believe the answers might incriminate you.’
    • ‘In doing so she noticed the half written text totally incriminating him and his nefarious activities.’
    • ‘Cindy got the tape that incriminates Grant after she heard Marley tell Jake where it was hidden.’
    • ‘I certainly didn't expect to have an in-house investigator running over my every word looking for evidence to incriminate me.’
    • ‘He gave evidence, of course, having been warned that he could refuse to answer any question that might incriminate him.’
    • ‘However, Germany has insisted it cannot bend its laws forbidding supplying evidence that could incriminate someone facing execution.’
    • ‘Chick had during his evidence withdrawn much, if not all, of his evidence incriminating Sherwood and O'Brien.’
    • ‘Nobody is held accountable or the evidence is insufficient to incriminate anyone.’
    • ‘It doesn't tell you anything that matters, anything that incriminates me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The appellant was not compelled to incriminate himself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    implicate, involve
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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’.