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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)

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.

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."