verb (used with object), in·crim·i·nat·ed, in·crim·i·nat·ing.
- to accuse of or present proof of a crime or fault: He incriminated both men to the grand jury.
- to involve in an accusation; cause to be or appear to be guilty; implicate: His testimony incriminated his friend. He feared incriminating himself if he answered.
- to charge with responsibility for all or part of an undesirable situation, harmful effect, etc.: to incriminate cigarettes as a cause of lung cancer.
- to imply or suggest the guilt or error of (someone)
- to charge with a crime or fault
1650s, noun of action from Medieval Latin incriminare (see incriminate).
1730, back-formation from incrimination or else from Medieval Latin incriminatus, past participle of incriminare “to incriminate,” from in- “in” (see in- (2)) + criminare “to accuse of a crime,” from crimen (genitive criminis) “crime” (see crime). Related: Incriminated; incriminating.