to hold responsible; find fault with; censure:I don't blame you for leaving him.
to place the responsibility for (a fault, error, etc.) (usually fol. by on):I blame the accident on her.
Informal Termsblast; damn (used as a mild curse):Blame the rotten luck.
Idiomsto blame, at fault; censurable:I am to blame for his lateness.
an act of attributing fault; censure; reproof:The judge said he found nothing to justify blame in the accident.
responsibility for anything deserving of censure:We must all share the blame for this deplorable condition.
Anglo-French, Old French bla(s)me, derivative of the verb, verbal
Vulgar Latin *blastēmāre, for Late Latin blasphēmāre to blaspheme; (noun, nominal) Middle English
Anglo-French, Old French blasmer
(verb, verbal) Middle English blamen 1150–1200
1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged reproach, reprove, reprehend, criticize. Blame,censure,condemn imply finding fault with someone or something. To blame is to hold accountable for, and disapprove because of, some error, mistake, omission, neglect, or the like:Whom do you blame for the disaster?The verb censure differs from the noun in connoting scolding or rebuking even more than adverse criticism:to censure one for extravagance.To condemn is to express an adverse (esp. legal) judgment, without recourse:to condemn conduct, a building, a person to death.
5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged reprehension, condemnation, stricture, reproach, animadversion.
6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged guilt, culpability, fault, sin.
Some speakers avoid blameon as informal (He blamed the fight on me), preferring blame alone (He blamed me) or blamefor (He blamed me for it). Since all three forms occur with equal frequency in educated usage, they may all be considered equally acceptable.