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Definition to make someone appear guilty

More rarely (and more archaically), incriminate can mean to bring an accusation against.
  • She refused to answer on the grounds that she might incriminate herself.
incriminate = make herself look guilty
  • Her actions are incriminating.
  • incriminating = making her look guilty
  • The evidence incriminates her.
  • We're stopped and searched occasionally, but there's nothing on our persons to incriminate us.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • incriminate = make appear guilty
  • I'd just be sure to burn all, urn, incriminating dresses.
    Kody Keplinger  --  The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
  • incriminating = making appear guilty
  • Maybe I don't want to incriminate myself.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • incriminate = make appear guilty
  • His hair was pretty incriminating, too.
    Kody Keplinger  --  The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
  • She threatens the Circle monopoly and, surprise, the feds find incriminating stuff on her computer.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I have sources, Jason, and errors are made in high places and I'll incriminate no one by using names.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • I'll say anything they like, I'll incriminate anyone.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • He might say something incriminating.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Peyton said, "Thank you, Preacher," and skipped away, not wishing to incriminate him further, if it really was true that goldfish were illegal.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Their theories are incriminated, their aim suspected, their ulterior motive is feared, their conscience denounced.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Watson's reports are most incriminating documents."
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • He was not supposed to be standing there, brisk and confident and cheerful, with the incriminating papers at his feet.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • Coupled with knowing Kathy, it seemed so incriminating.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • The fact that I was allowed to sleep this late means that there was no news to incriminate me.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • And if he incriminates himself or his son?
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • You have a very good memory—for anything that incriminates me.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • So peaceful, in the canopy, beyond distress and self-incrimination.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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