Definition of "blame" []

  • To hold responsible. (verb-transitive)
  • To find fault with; censure. (verb-transitive)
  • To place responsibility for (something): blamed the crisis on poor planning. (verb-transitive)
  • The state of being responsible for a fault or error; culpability. (noun)
  • Censure; condemnation. (noun)
  • Responsibility for something that is wrong or deserving censure; culpability (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An expression of condemnation; reproof (noun)
  • To attribute responsibility to; accuse (verb)
  • To ascribe responsibility for (something) to (verb)
  • To find fault with (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "blame" in a sentence
  • "Now those boys were not wholly to blame for what they were doing; but their fathers and mothers were _very much to blame_!"
  • "I should have understood — the blame is all mine — I should have known you did not love me, I should have been filled with anger and shame instead of happiness."
  • "Jeff Miron: But I do not use the word "blame," since that implies they are doing something harmful or inappropriate."