blame

Definitions

  • Then You Don't Blame Your Little Boy, Do You 197
    Then You Don't Blame Your Little Boy, Do You 197
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj blame 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","an infernal nuisance"
    • v blame attribute responsibility to "We blamed the accident on her","The tragedy was charged to her inexperience"
    • v blame put or pin the blame on
    • v blame harass with constant criticism "Don't always pick on your little brother"
    • n blame a reproach for some lapse or misdeed "he took the blame for it","it was a bum rap"
    • n blame an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed "his incrimination was based on my testimony","the police laid the blame on the driver"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"DRAWN BY THE IDEA OF ITS GOING SO BLAMED FAST AND BEING SO STRONG." "DRAWN BY THE IDEA OF ITS GOING SO BLAMED FAST AND BEING SO STRONG."
WHERE TO LAY THE BLAME WHERE TO LAY THE BLAME

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1947, heavy snow blanketed the Northeast, burying New York City under 25.8 inches of snow in 16 hours; the severe weather was blamed for some 80 deaths.
    • Blame An expression of disapprobation fir something deemed to be wrong; imputation of fault; censure. "Let me bear the blame forever."
    • Blame Hurt; injury.
    • Blame That which is deserving of censure or disapprobation; culpability; fault; crime; sin. "Holy and without blame before him in love."
    • Blame To bring reproach upon; to blemish. "She . . . blamed her noble blood.""You were to blame , I must be plain with you."
    • Blame To censure; to express disapprobation of; to find fault with; to reproach. "We have none to blame but ourselves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The metric system was to blame for the loss of the Mars Climate orbiter.
    • blame To express disapprobation of; find fault with; censure: opposed to praise or commend.
    • blame Formerly it might be followed by of.
    • blame To charge; impute as a fault; lay the responsibility of: as, he blames the failure on you.
    • blame To bring reproach upon; blemish; injure.
    • blame [In such phrases as he is to blame, to blame, by an old and common construction, has the passive meaning ‘to be blamed, blamable.’ Compare a house to let, hire, build; grain ready to cut, etc.
    • blame In writers of the Elizabethan period it was often written too blame, blame apparently being mistaken for an adjective.] Synonyms To reprove, reproach, chide, upbraid, reprehend. See decry.
    • n blame An expression of disapproval of something deemed to be wrong; imputation of a fault; censure; reprehension.
    • n blame That which is deserving of censure or disapprobation; fault; crime; sin.
    • n blame Culpability; responsibility for something that is wrong: as, the blame is yours.
    • n blame Hurt; injury.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When potatoes first appeared in Europe in the seventeenth century, it was thought that they were disgusting, and they were blamed for starting outbreaks of leprosy and syphilis. As late as 1720 in America, eating potatoes was believed to shorten a person's life.
    • v.t Blame blām to find fault with: to censure
    • n Blame imputation of a fault: crime: censure
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Quotations

  • John Selden
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    “It's not the drinking to be blamed, but the excess.”
  • Eric Allenbaugh
    Eric Allenbaugh
    “Yes, there are times when something is legitimately not our fault. Blaming others, however, keeps us in a stuck state and is ultimately rough on our own self-esteem.”
  • Dr. Robert Anthony
    Dr. Robert Anthony
    “When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”
  • John Burroughs
    John%20Burroughs
    “A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.”
  • Catherine II of Russia
    Catherine II of Russia
    “I praise loudly, I blame softly.”
  • Robert Half
    Robert Half
    “The search for someone to blame is always successful.”

Idioms

Bad workers always blame their tools - "A bad worker always blames their tools" - If somebody does a job badly or loses in a game and claims that they were let down by their equipment, you can use this to imply that this was not the case.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blamen, F. blâmer, 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

Usage

In literature:

Murray smilingly accepted the blame for their tardiness.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Resolutions were adopted blaming the Government for putting off the municipal elections.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
Some people are inclined to lay blame for this on the churches and the ministers.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
And no woman ever blames a man for paying her that compliment, no matter what she may say to the contrary.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
In each case he is to be pitied rather than blamed.
"What Is and What Might Be" by Edmond Holmes
Blamed if it wa'n't straight goods!
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
You couldn't blame him so much.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
He did not definitely blame his education; he did not think clearly about the thing at all.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
I blamed myself indeed.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Who was to blame for that?
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
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In poetry:

Yet blest that end in woe,
And those sad days;
Only man's blame below —
Above, GOD's praise!
"The 'Athletes Of The Universe'" by Samuel John Stone
Wherefore then blame me, Love,
That, mortal that I be,
I stand one moment, lost, dismayed--
Then face eternity?
"One Moment of Doubt" by Charles Hanson Towne
Ah, God, my heart is not the same
As any heart beside;
My pain is different, and my blame,
My pity and my pride!
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Pharnaces.
We have resolved it, mighty king! with care,
With closest scrutiny. On us devolve
Whatever blame occurs!
"Daniel. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Would you blame me if to-morrow
The coroner should say,
A wretched girl, outcast, forlorn,
Has thrown her life away?
"A Double Standard" by Frances Ellen Watkins
A word within says I am to blame,
And therefore must confess;
Must call my doing by its name,
And so make evil less.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald

In news:

California representative Henry Waxman blamed PM Netanyahu for negative press Obama sustained as a result of his refusal to rearrange his schedule to meet with the Israeli leader during the recent UN General Assembly convention in New York.
Blaming primary turnout on presidential race is a cop-out .
Curt Schilling Releases New 'Project Copernicus ' Screenshots, Blames Rhode Island For 38 Studios Woes.
Report blames lime extraction and urban and industrial pollution for 80 percent decline in country's coral reefs .
FRANKFORT — The same people blamed for inaccurate pollution reports from mining sites operated by ICG Coal will be responsible for collecting samples under that company's corrective action plan submitted to the state.
Parents of American activist Rachel Corrie fail in their attempt to place blame on Israel after their daughter was killed by a bulldozer in Gaza at a protest.
Federal investigators say an old and corroded pipe may be to blame for the massive oil refinery fire in Richmond.
Cigarette is blamed for fatal fire at West Bromwich flat.
In a filing Tuesday, Taymor is blamed for the show's troubles as producers say they made "superhuman efforts" to save the production.
He also blamed the lawyers in the case for not following his instructions.
Officials said lightning may be to blame for house fire near Muldrow.
Drought Blamed for Cow Chip Shortage.
Eddie Vedder Exclusively to Blame for Cubs' Crappy Season.
Danish authorities have blamed the crash-landing of an SAS Bombardier Q400 aircraft Saturday in Copenhagen on a landing gear problem different from one that caused two earlier crashes.
Back to The HooK front page FOOD- THE DISH- Grillin': Farmington blaze blamed on creosote .
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In science:

The passing shock stirs the ISM, and next come cloud-cloud collision, on which Looney et al. (2006) blame the formation of the cluster around BD +40◦ 4124.
Astrophysics in 2006
Mendillo et al. 2006), (d) glaciers (Furget et al. 2006, which is actually a calculation pertaining to past epochs when the obliquity of the Martian ecliptic was 45◦ or more), and (e) two sorts of X-ray emission, fluorescence and charge exchange, both to be blamed on the sun (Dennerl et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
One blames Mother Nature: Women have two X chromosomes, and men have one X and one Y chromosome, with the Y chromosome containing only few genes.
The Penna Model of Biological Aging
However, they do not deserve any blame in the unlikely case you lack a sense of humor. I thank Chris Kochanek and Molly Peeples for their useful comments on an earlier version of this paper.
How long should an astronomical paper be to increase its Impact?
This may be blamed to an attitude created by the projection postulate of quantum mechanics.
Where Bell went wrong
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