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blame

 
 
pronunciation:
bleIm
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
phrases:
to blame
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: blames, blaming, blamed
definition 1: to place responsibility on for a mistake or fault.
The neighbor blamed the teenagers for breaking her window.The team blamed its loss on bad luck.
synonyms:
accuse, charge
antonyms:
absolve
similar words:
fault, incriminate, inculpate, indict, take to task
definition 2: to find fault with; criticize sharply.
You're always blaming others, but you never consider your own behavior.
synonyms:
criticize, fault, objurgate, rap, reprehend, reproach
antonyms:
praise
similar words:
arraign, berate, castigate, censure, condemn, denounce, rebuke, reprimand, reprove, take to task, upbraid
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phrase: to blame
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of attributing fault, guilt, or responsibility.
He regretted his blame of his assistant when he realized he'd mislaid the document himself.
synonyms:
accusation, reproach
similar words:
charge, condemnation, criticism, denunciation, indictment
definition 2: disapproval; condemnation.
It wasn't his fault, but he received the blame nonetheless.
antonyms:
credit
definition 3: responsibility.
I accepted the blame for what happened and thought up a plan to make amends.
synonyms:
fault, liability, onus, responsibility
similar words:
burden, guilt, rap
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derivation: blamer (n.)