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tr.v. crim·i·nat·ed, crim·i·nat·ing, crim·i·nates
[Latin crīminārī, crīmināt-, to accuse, from crīmen, crīmin-, accusation; see crime.]
crim′i·na′tive, crim′i·na·to′ry (-nə-tôr′ē) adj.
1. (Law) to charge with a crime; accuse
2. to condemn or censure (an action, event, etc)
3. (Law) short for incriminate
[C17: from Latin crīminārī to accuse]
ˈcriminative, criminatory adj
v.t. -nat•ed, -nat•ing.
Past participle: criminated
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|Verb||1.||criminate - bring an accusation against; level a charge against; "The neighbors accused the man of spousal abuse"|
reproach, upbraid - express criticism towards; "The president reproached the general for his irresponsible behavior"
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
arraign - accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
recriminate - return an accusation against someone or engage in mutual accusations; charge in return
|2.||criminate - rebuke formally|
criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock - find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free"
animadvert - express blame or censure or make a harshly critical remark