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To charge with a crime; to expose to an accusation or a charge of crime; to involve oneself or another in a criminal prosecution or the danger thereof; as in the rule that a witness is not bound to give testimony that would tend to incriminate him or her.
v. to make a statement in which one admits that he/she has committed a crime or gives information that another named person has committed a crime. Under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, a person cannot be forced to give any information which would tend to incriminate himself/herself. Thus, he/she can refuse to answer any question which he/she feels might be a self-accusation or lead to information which would be so.
incriminateverb accuse, allege, ascribe, ascribe blame, assign, attribute, blame, bring accusation, bring charges against, bring proceedings against, bring up on charges, cast blame upon, charge, charge with a crime, charge with an offense, complaint against, condemn, connect with a crime, criminate, denounce, draw in, enmesh, expose, find fault with, hold accountable, hold reeponsible, impeach, impedire, implicare, implicate, impute, impute guilt to, inculpate, indict, inform against, insinuate, involve, involve in criminal proceedings, involve in guilt, lay blame upon, lodge a complaint, make a party to, place the blame on, point the finger at, prefer charges, prosecute, prooiding evidence, providing information of a crime, proving guilt, recriminate, stigmatize, suspectum reddere
Associated concepts: Fifth Amendment, incriminating addission, incriminating circumstance, incriminatory stateeent, Miranda warnings, self-incrimination
See also: accuse, arraign, betray, blame, charge, cite, complain, condemn, denigrate, denounce, implicate, indict, inform, involve, libel, lodge, present, proscribe, reproach