Definition of blame in English:
- In his court declaration, he blames his election agent for the oversight.
- My only new reservation stems from her blaming her band for playing the wrong song.
- This study and the other one in the magazine blaming fast food and its advertising is wrong.
- I still did not like the tone of the meeting, during which I felt like the principal was somehow blaming the situation on me.
- He has blamed their financial situation on a national downturn in tourism and the impact of the floods.
- People have blamed this phenomena on many things.
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- She had made false accusations against him, made him go on the run and set him up to take the blame for her frauds.
- Put another way, the audience itself will have to take the blame for promoting such songs.
- She was also setting him up to take the blame for a fraud at the firm where she worked.
Blame is from the Old French blamer, blasmer, from a popular Latin variant of ecclesiastical Latin blasphemare ‘reproach, revile, blaspheme’, from Greek blasphēmein, source also of Middle English blaspheme.
be to blame
- Be responsible for a fault or wrong: he was to blame for their deathsMore example sentences
- It was never clear exactly what he felt was wrong, who was to blame, or what should be done about it.
- His father thought rats chewing through electrical wires may have caused a fault which was to blame for the fire.
- Inquiries can pinpoint what went wrong, and who was to blame.
I don't (or can't) blame you (or her, etc.)
- Used to indicate that one agrees that the action or attitude taken was reasonable: he was becoming impatient, and I couldn’t blame himMore example sentences
- I guess I can't blame him for being impatient, if indeed he is and not simply excited.
- I don't blame your parents for wanting to protect you, and I don't blame you for being loyal to your friend.
- If you are confused by all this, I don't blame you.
blamable (also blameable) adjective
- Example sentences
- If the term cause must be used, it can best be distinguished in this meaning as the imputable or responsible or blamable cause.
- But how does one pinpoint the blameable subject in a bureaucracy?
- He had been blamable, highly blamable, in remaining with her after he first felt her influence over him to be more than it ought to be.
- Example sentences
- Addicts tend to become resentful and blameful towards others, and that would be no different for somebody who is using this medication.
- Instead, they become more bitter, more reactive, more blameful.
- She twirled around to find her aunt was giving her a blameful look.
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