criminate

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Borrowed from Latin crimino, criminatus.

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criminate (third-person singular simple present criminates, present participle criminating, simple past and past participle criminated)

  1. (transitive) To accuse (someone) of a crime; to incriminate. [from 17th c.]
    • 1791, Ann Radcliffe, The Romance of the Forest, Penguin 1999, p. 331:
      ‘I am now under confinement in this place for debt; but if you obtain [] a condition from the judge that what I reveal shall not criminate myself, I will make discoveries that shall confound that same Marquis [] .’
    • 1861, Elizabeth Gaskell, The Grey Woman
      In Germany, I had heard little of this terrible gang, and I had paid no greater heed to the stories related once or twice about them in Carlsruhe than one does to tales about ogres. But here in their very haunts, I learnt the full amount of the terror they inspired. No one would be legally responsible for any evidence criminating the murderer.
  2. (transitive, now rare) To rebuke or censure (someone). [from 17th c.]

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crīmināte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of crīminō