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blamed (bleɪmd Pronunciation for blamed


adjective, adverb

  1. (mainly US) a euphemistic word for damned (sense 2), damned (sense 3)

blame (bleɪm Pronunciation for blame



  1. responsibility for something that is wrong or deserving censure; culpability
  2. an expression of condemnation; reproof
  3. See be to blame

verb (transitive)

  1. (usually followed by for) to attribute responsibility to; accuse   ⇒ I blame him for the failure
  2. (usually followed by on) to ascribe responsibility for (something) to   ⇒ I blame the failure on him
  3. to find fault with

Derived Forms

ˈblamable, ˈblameable adjective
ˈblamably, ˈblameably adverb

Word Origin

C12: from Old French blasmer, ultimately from Late Latin blasphēmāre to blaspheme


View thesaurus entry
= hold responsible, accuse, denounce, indict, impeach, incriminate, impute, recriminate, point a or the finger at,
= attribute to, credit to, assign to, put down to, ascribe to, impute to
= criticize, charge, tax, blast, condemn, flame, put down, disapprove of, censure, reproach, chide, admonish, tear into, diss, find fault with, reprove, upbraid, lambast(e), reprehend, express disapprobation of,

Example Sentences Including 'blamed'

An inquiry into the failure blamed a component unique to the new heavy-lift rocket.
New Scientist (2003)
However, a rush to judgment would be premature, and failure can hardly in any case be blamed on him.
Irish Times (2002)
If my brother was beating me I would be blamed for provoking him.
Dorothy Rowe BEYOND FEAR (2002)
Railtrack has blamed performance-related problems within its Great Western zone for cancellation.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
She blamed him, in the absence of others, for her predicament; hated being there, hated his insistence.
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
The company blamed lower levels of IT spending, which slowed further in March.
Irish Times (2002)
The company blamed the earnings downturn on adverse media comment, which it said had shrunk its case load.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Whenever there was poaching on the estate, or there had been an outbreak of theft, Kyle blamed Nick's dad.
Stuart Harrison LOST SUMMER (2002)
You were always the poor fellow who was blamed for the mischief we kids did.
Arthur, Robert Three in One


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