verb (used with object), blamed, blam·ing.

  1. to hold responsible; find fault with; censure: I don’t blame you for leaving him.
  2. to place the responsibility for (a fault, error, etc.) (usually followed by on): I blame the accident on her.
  3. Informal. blast; damn (used as a mild curse): Blame the rotten luck.


  1. an act of attributing fault; censure; reproof: The judge said he found nothing to justify blame in the accident.
  2. responsibility for anything deserving of censure: We must all share the blame for this deplorable condition.
  1. to blame, at fault; censurable: I am to blame for his lateness.


  1. responsibility for something that is wrong or deserving censure; culpability
  2. an expression of condemnation; reproof
  3. be to blame to be at fault or culpable

verb (tr)

  1. (usually foll by for) to attribute responsibility to; accuseI blame him for the failure
  2. (usually foll by on) to ascribe responsibility for (something) toI blame the failure on him
  3. to find fault with

c.1200, “find fault with;” c.1300, “lay blame on,” from Old French blasmer (12c., Modern French blâmer) “to rebuke, reprimand, condemn, criticize,” from Vulgar Latin *blastemare, from Late Latin blasphemare “revile, reproach” (see blaspheme). Replaced Old English witan with long “i.” Related: Blamed; blaming.


early 13c., from Old French blasme “blame, reproach; condemnation,” a back-formation from blasmer (see blame (v.)).

see lay (the blame) on; to blame.

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