blame

Blame is about being responsible for something that's bad or has gone wrong. If you have a headache, you might blame it on the heat, or on not getting enough sleep.

A person can be to blame for something. Your mom might walk into the house, see a broken lamp and blame you. Often, in official contexts, blame is "assigned" or "placed." A common complaint among younger siblings is, "Why do I always get blamed for everything?"

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: blame

1
nv
an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed
put or pin the blame on
2
adj
expletives used informally as intensifiers
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: blame
1

n an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed

“the police laid the blame on the driver”
Synonyms:
incrimination, inculpation
Types:
self-incrimination
an accusation that incriminates yourself
Type of:
accusal, accusation
a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt

n a reproach for some lapse or misdeed

“he took the blame for it”
Synonyms:
rap
Type of:
reproach
a mild rebuke or criticism

v put or pin the blame on

Synonyms:
fault
Antonyms:
absolve, free, justify
let off the hook
Type of:
accuse, charge
blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against

v attribute responsibility to

“We blamed the accident on her”
Synonyms:
charge
Type of:
ascribe, assign, attribute, impute
attribute or credit to

v harass with constant criticism

Synonyms:
find fault, pick
Type of:
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
2

adj expletives used informally as intensifiers

“it's a blamed shame”
“a blame cold winter”
Synonyms:
blamed, blasted, blessed, damn, damned, darned, deuced, goddam, goddamn, goddamned, infernal
cursed, curst
deserving a curse; sometimes used as an intensifier
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