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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
apportion blame (=say who deserves to be blamed)
▪ It’s not easy to apportion blame when a marriage breaks up.
blame the victim (=to say that someone is responsible for their own bad situation )
▪ It is blaming the victim to ask the woman what she does that makes her husband lose his temper and hit her.
fault/blame/responsibility lies with sb
▪ Part of the blame must lie with social services.
pin the blame on
▪ Don’t try to pin the blame on me!
point...finger of blame
▪ I don’t want to point a finger of blame at anyone.
shoulder the blame
▪ Parents are being made to shoulder the blame.
take the credit/blame/responsibility
▪ He’s the kind of man who makes things happen but lets others take the credit.
▪ And she could hardly blame him after the disaster of their own brief marriage, Laura now thought wryly.
▪ A lot of that was dangerously below code, but you could hardly blame people.
▪ We could hardly blame anyone, students or advisers, if they didn't.
▪ The authorities had become very protective, and one hardly blamed them.
▪ Jasper wasn't too keen to start with and you can hardly blame him, but now he's fine about it.
▪ You could hardly blame them, though, for feeling bewildered from time to time.
▪ You can hardly blame Dixons for not making this suggestion.
▪ Mr Hanley also partly blamed a lack of support among the employers of part-timers for the drop in their numbers.
▪ Mr Delors has been widely blamed for causing the latest crisis.
blame/shoot the messenger
▪ Criticising Alan for saying how well scum are playing is a bit like shooting the messenger who brings bad news.
the finger of blame/suspicion
▪ He says it doesn't make sense to point the finger of blame, it's the law that is at fault.
▪ Democrats have blamed Republicans for the failure to reach an agreement.
▪ Everyone wants to blame the referees when their team loses.
▪ For many years I blamed myself for her death.
▪ It's your idea - don't blame me if it doesn't work.
▪ Some of the women blamed their husbands' violence on drinking.
▪ Apple blamed weaker-than-expected demand and pricing pressures.
▪ But anomalies like these should not be blamed on linguistics, higher mathematics or the new history.
▪ Here again, the vagaries of Government policy are at least partly to blame.
▪ It wasn't my character, but circumstances which were to blame.
▪ Peres is to be blamed for nothing.
▪ The angry Texan blamed his dance partner for tripping him.
▪ You had to talk to those dear old folk at the Empress and I don't blame you.
accept responsibility/blame for sth
▪ All you can do in such cases is accept responsibility for the emotions you feel when you are around such people.
▪ Governors need to inform themselves thoroughly about the current state of the school building before they accept responsibility for it.
▪ If people are to accept responsibility for outcomes, they will insist upon being substantively included in the decision process.
▪ May we learn to accept responsibility for our own actions and inactions and for our mistakes as well as for our success.
▪ One central committee member, Ognjen Krstulovic, resigned because he could not accept responsibility for the implementation of the policy.
▪ People in a position of influence could accept responsibility for implementing the results.
▪ These must be obtained personally and we can not accept responsibility for them.
▪ You have to accept responsibility for the fruits of your actions, in the scientific field as elsewhere.
blame/shoot the messenger
▪ Criticising Alan for saying how well scum are playing is a bit like shooting the messenger who brings bad news.
come in for criticism/blame/scrutiny
▪ Thompson came in for sharp criticism from women's groups.
▪ Mr Gonzalez has also come in for criticism from within his own party.
▪ NTOs have come in for criticism for failing to make significant strides in plugging the skills gap.
▪ The Belfry came in for criticism with some newspapers saying it was no place to stage a match of this importance.
▪ The Court of Appeal has struggled to reconcile the two decisions but has come in for criticism.
▪ The patient's colour, face and body features as well as pulse and tongue will also come in for scrutiny.
shift the blame/responsibility (onto sb)
▪ A third means of avoiding responsibility consists of shifting the blame to even higher officials.
▪ He had to shift the blame, find a sacrificial victim.
▪ Her comments on Radio Derby came as Tories tried to shift the blame for Britain's economic ills elsewhere.
▪ In other words that they were shifting the blame.
▪ It shifts the blame to belief.
▪ Leaving the abusive marriage, or divorcing him, will be branded desertion or a sin, shifting the blame to her.
▪ Penney also shifted the responsibilities and titles of several other executives in different regions.
▪ Time after time, ministers have tried to shift the blame for rising unemployment to the down-turn in the world economy.
the finger of blame/suspicion
▪ He says it doesn't make sense to point the finger of blame, it's the law that is at fault.
▪ But listening to Ferrell and Armstrong, it sounded like there was plenty of blame to go around.
▪ Do not place the blame anywhere but on yourself, because you alone have chosen that path.
▪ Hence, she is considered to share the blame.
▪ If we allow that logic then, the time must be approaching that the guy taking credit must now accept the blame.
▪ Pitta's critics concede that many quarters share the blame for Sao Paulo's afflictions.
▪ Taylor deserves a dollop of the blame.
▪ The city was rife with forlorn single women, and there was plenty of blame to go around.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Blame \Blame\ (bl[=a]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blamed (bl[=a]md); p. pr. & vb. n. Blaming.] [OE. blamen, F. bl[^a]mer, OF. blasmer, fr. L. blasphemare to blaspheme, LL. also to blame, fr. Gr. blasfhmei^n to speak ill, to slander, to blaspheme, fr. bla`sfhmos evil speaking, perh, for blapsi`fhmos; bla`psis injury (fr. bla`ptein to injure) + fh`mh a saying, fr. fa`nai to say. Cf. Blaspheme, and see Fame.]

  1. To censure; to express disapprobation of; to find fault with; to reproach.

    We have none to blame but ourselves.

  2. To bring reproach upon; to blemish. [Obs.]

    She . . . blamed her noble blood.

    To blame, to be blamed, or deserving blame; in fault; as, the conductor was to blame for the accident.

    You were to blame, I must be plain with you.


Blame \Blame\, n. [OE. blame, fr. F. bl[^a]me, OF. blasme, fr. bl[^a]mer, OF. blasmer, to blame. See Blame, v.]

  1. An expression of disapprobation fir something deemed to be wrong; imputation of fault; censure.

    Let me bear the blame forever.
    --Gen. xiiii. 9.

  2. That which is deserving of censure or disapprobation; culpability; fault; crime; sin.

    Holy and without blame before him in love.
    --Eph. i. 4.

  3. Hurt; injury. [Obs.]

    Syn: Censure; reprehension; condemnation; reproach; fault; sin; crime; wrongdoing.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, "find fault with;" c.1300, "lay blame on," from Old French blasmer (12c., Modern French blâmer) "to rebuke, reprimand, condemn, criticize," from Vulgar Latin *blastemare, from Late Latin blasphemare "revile, reproach" (see blaspheme). Replaced Old English witan with long "i." Related: Blamed; blaming.


early 13c., from Old French blasme "blame, reproach; condemnation," a back-formation from blasmer (see blame (v.)).


Etymology 1 n. 1 censure. 2 culpability for something negative or undesirable. 3 responsibility for something meriting censure. Etymology 2

vb. 1 To censure (someone or something); to criticize. 2 (context obsolete English) To bring into disrepute. 3 (context transitive usually followed by "for" English) 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).


adj. expletives used informally as intensifiers; "he's a blasted idiot"; "it's a blamed shame"; "a blame cold winter"; "not a blessed dime"; "I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or goddamned) if I'll do any such thing"; "he's a damn (or goddam or goddamned) fool"; "a deuced idiot"; "tired or his everlasting whimpering"; "an infernal nuisance" [syn: blasted, blamed, blessed, damn, damned, darned, deuced, everlasting, goddam, goddamn, goddamned, infernal]

  1. n. an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed; "his incrimination was based on my testimony"; "the police laid the blame on on the driver" [syn: incrimination, inculpation]

  2. a reproach for some lapse or misdeed; "he took the blame for it"; "it was a bum rap" [syn: rap]

  3. v. put or pin the blame on [syn: fault] [ant: absolve]

  4. harass with constant criticism; "Don't always pick on your little brother" [syn: find fault, pick]

  5. attribute responsibility to; "We blamed the accident on her"; "The tragedy was charged to her inexperience" [syn: charge]


The Blâme , is a small river in the region of Aquitaine in France. It is long. It flows entirely within the department of Dordogne.

Blame (horse)

Blame (foaled May 2, 2006) is a retired American champion Thoroughbred racehorse, a winner of nine races in 13 starts including the prestigious Breeders' Cup Classic.

Blame is a bay homebred colt owned by Claiborne Farm in association with Adele B. Dilschneider. He was sired by Claiborne's Arch out of the Seeking the Gold mare Liable (the 2010 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year). He was trained during his racing career by Al Stall Jr. and partnered with veteran jockey Garrett Gomez during his 2010 championship season.

He never finished out of the money in his racing career; along with his nine wins, he finished second twice and third twice. After being retired at the end of 2010, he was sent to stud at Claiborne Farm.

Blame (film)

Blame is a 2011 Australian drama thriller film starring Damian De Montemas, Sophie Lowe, Kestie Morassi, Ashley Zukerman, Simon Stone and Mark Leonard Winter. It was directed by first time feature film director, Michael 'Hank' Henry.

The film was released in Australian cinemas on 16 June 2011.

Blame (disambiguation)

Blame is the act of censuring someone

Blame may also refer to:

  • "Blame" (Autumn Hill song)
  • "Blame" (Calvin Harris song)
  • "Blame" (Collective Soul song)
  • "Blame", a song by Soul Coughing from the album El Oso
  • Blame (film), 2011 Australian film
  • Blame (horse), racehorse
  • Blame!, manga
Blame (Collective Soul song)

"Blame" is a song by the American post-grunge band Collective Soul. It is the third and final single from their third studio album, Disciplined Breakdown.

Blame (Autumn Hill song)

"Blame" is a song recorded by Canadian country music duo Autumn Hill for their second studio album, Anchor (2015). It was released to digital retailers through Wax Records as the album's lead single on March 3, 2015 and officially impacted Canadian country radio on April 23, 2015. "Blame" debuted at number 49 on the Billboard Canada Country airplay chart, and has since become the group's first top-five hit.

Blame (Calvin Harris song)

"Blame" is a song by Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris from his fourth studio album, Motion (2014). It was released as the album's third single on 5 September 2014. The song features the vocals of English singer John Newman and is included on the deluxe edition of Newman's second studio album, Revolve. Newman's brother James Newman assisted the artists in writing the song, with Harris serving as the producer.

The song received positive reviews from music critics, who complimented its production and Newman's vocals. The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, giving Harris his seventh UK number-one single (and third consecutive) and Newman his third.

Blame (Sono song)

"Blame" is the 2002 single recorded by the German group Sono, taken from the album "Solid State," produced by Martin Weiland and Florian Sikorski, with lyrics witten by Weiland and vocals performed by Lennart Solomon. The single was the follow up to their 2000 debut " Keep Control," and like their first single this too also reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart the week of July 13, 2002, where it held that position for only one week. It would also be their final charted single in the United States. In Germany, the single peaked at #65, their best showing on that country's Pop chart.

Usage examples of "blame".

Good reaffirmed her innocence, tried to shift the blame first to both of the other accused women, and then specifically claimed that it was Sarah Osborne who pinched and afflicted the children.

The Allegiancy is tumbling over the brink of disintegration, and trying to blame us.

Our adversaries do not deny that even here there is a system of law and penalty: and surely we cannot in justice blame a dominion which awards to every one his due, where virtue has its honour, and vice comes to its fitting shame, in which there are not merely representations of the gods, but the gods themselves, watchers from above, and--as we read--easily rebutting human reproaches, since they lead all things in order from a beginning to an end, allotting to each human being, as life follows life, a fortune shaped to all that has preceded--the destiny which, to those that do not penetrate it, becomes the matter of boorish insolence upon things divine.

Lee was or was not to blame for this want of accurate information, which would seem, however, to be justly attributable to the War Department at Richmond, rather than to an officer who had been assigned to command only three or four weeks before.

Melton might try to lay the entire blame on Jules, but he was responsible for Boca Raton and wanted this Bently problem wrapped up before he had to answer awkward questions.

It owes that truth to much that is blamed on the Jews, possibly to much that is blameable in the Jews.

Crassus blamed on the worry of having to earn an extra thousand talents to replace what he had spent on making sure he ended up the consul with the best reputation among the people.

Had she blamed Caesar, whom she had known since she married Young Marius twenty-six years before?

No, for the man who kills himself from sheer despair, thus performing upon himself the execution of the sentence he would have deserved at the hands of justice cannot be blamed either by a virtuous philosopher or by a tolerant Christian.

I do get blamed for things of that nature almost as a matter of course.

That Witchfinderhe would have blamed it all on her, said she was a madwoman .

The Blamer feels that nobody cares about him or her, that there is no respect or affection for him, and that people are all indifferent to his needs and feelings.

The Blamer reacts to this with a verbal behavior pattern intended to demonstrate that he or she is in charge, is the boss, is the one with power.

A parent who feels perfectly secure in a position of dominance over a child may choose Blamer Mode deliberately as a way of disciplining that child.

In a Section A the flat Blamer Mode accusation is hidden away as the presupposition.