From Middle English blame, borrowed from Old French blame, blasme, produced from the verb blasmer, which in turn is derived from Vulgar Latin *blastēmāre, present active infinitive of *blastēmō, from Ecclesiastical Latin, Late Latin blasphēmō, ultimately from Ancient Greek βλασφημέω (blasphēméō). Doublet of blaspheme. Displaced native Old English tǣling (“blame”) and tǣlan (“to blame”).
- Blame came from all directions.
- Culpability for something negative or undesirable.
- The blame for starting the fire lies with the arsonist.
- Responsibility for something meriting censure.
- They accepted the blame, but it was an accident.
- (computing) A source control feature that can show which user was responsible for a particular portion of the source code.
From Middle English blamen, borrowed from Old French blasmer, from Ecclesiastical Latin blasphēmō (“to reproach, to revile”), from Ancient Greek βλασφημέω (blasphēméō). Compare blaspheme, a doublet. Overtook common use from the native wite (“to blame, accuse, reproach, suspect”) (from Middle English wīten, from Old English wītan).
- To censure (someone or something); to criticize.
- 1871, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter I, in Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, volume I, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 948783829, book I (Miss Brooke), page 8:
- These peculiarities of Dorothea's character caused Mr Brooke to be all the more blamed in neighbouring families for not securing some middle-aged lady as guide and companion to his nieces.
- 1919, Saki, ‘The Oversight’, The Toys of Peace:
- That was the year that Sir Richard was writing his volume on Domestic Life in Tartary. The critics all blamed it for a lack of concentration.
- 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p. 106:
- I covered the serious programmes too, and indeed, right from the start, I spent more time praising than blaming.
- (obsolete) To bring into disrepute.
- (transitive, usually followed by "for") To assert or consider that someone is the cause of something negative; to place blame, to attribute responsibility (for something negative or for doing something negative).
- The arsonist was blamed for the fire.
- (censure; criticize): reproach, shend, take to task, upbraid
- (consider that someone is the cause of something negative): hold to account
- blam (rare)
- criticism, condemnation
- accusation (especially legal)
- blame, culpability
- offence, misdeed
- imperfection, downside
- disrepute, dishonour
- blasphemy, irreverence
- Alternative form of
blame f (plural blames)