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incriminate

Is your homework in shreds and the dog chewing something? Then you can incriminate poor Fido for eating your homework. To incriminate someone (or some dog) of a crime, is more than just accusing them; it's offering some evidence they're guilty.

To incriminate someone is to show or prove their guilt with "incriminating evidence." Some famous historical examples of incriminating evidence: When President Nixon declared "I am not a crook," those pesky Watergate tapes suggested otherwise. Or when Lady Macbeth couldn't stop washing her imaginary blood-stained hands? Hmmmm.... Pretty incriminating.

Definitions of incriminate
  1. verb
    suggest that someone is guilty
    synonyms: imply, inculpate
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    type of:
    evoke, paint a picture, suggest
    call to mind
  2. verb
    bring an accusation against; level a charge against
    synonyms: accuse, criminate, impeach
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    reproach, upbraid
    express criticism towards
    arraign
    accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
    recriminate
    return an accusation against someone or engage in mutual accusations; charge in return
    charge, file, lodge
    file a formal charge against
    impeach
    charge (a public official) with an offense or misdemeanor committed while in office
    type of:
    accuse, charge
    blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
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