blameworthy

blameworthy, guilty, culpable are comparable when they mean deserving reproach and punishment for a wrong, sinful, or criminal act, practice, or condition. One (as a person or his act or work) is blameworthy that deserves blame or criticism and must suffer or receive reproach, censure, or even more severe punishment
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thee therefore still, blameworthy as thou art . . . thee I account still happy, and the chief among the nations, seeing thou art free— Cowper

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A person is guilty who is justly chargeable with responsibility for a delinquency, crime, or sin, either in his own knowledge or in that of others, by his confession or by proof (often legal proof) of his responsibility; the term may stress either the fact that guilt has been proved or the fact or the fear of resulting punishment
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the defendant was found guilty

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suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush an officer— Shak.

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let no guilty man escape, if it can be avoided— Grant

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Often the term suggests merely a state of mind (as a consciousness that one has committed a sin or a crime or a fear that one is justly suspected of wrongdoing or of a misdeed)
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a guilty conscience

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there is no use in making the refractory child feel guiltyRussell

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A person is culpable who has been shown to be blameworthy and open to severe censure or condemnation
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the judge . . . remarked that those whom Smith had gulled were almost as culpable as he— Altick

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The term is also applicable to a blameworthy act, condition, or practice for which one is responsible or which leads to wrong or harm
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culpable ignorance

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culpable neglect

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is it not . . . culpable and unworthy, thus beforehand to slur her honor?— Shelley

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Antonyms: blameless
Contrasted words: faultless, *impeccable, flawless

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

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  • Blameworthy — Blame wor thy, a. Deserving blame; culpable; reprehensible. {Blame wor thi*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • blameworthy — also blame worthy, late 14c., from BLAME (Cf. blame) (n.) + WORTHY (Cf. worthy) (adj.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • blameworthy — [blām′wʉr΄thē] adj. deserving to be blamed blameworthiness n …   English World dictionary

  • blameworthy — adjective Date: 14th century being at fault ; deserving blame • blameworthiness noun Synonyms: blameworthy, blamable, guilty, culpable mean deserving reproach or punishment. blameworthy and blamable apply to any degree of …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • blameworthy — blameworthiness, n. /blaym werr dhee/, adj. deserving blame; blameful: a blameworthy administration. [1350 1400; ME; see BLAME, WORTHY] * * * …   Universalium

  • blameworthy — adjective /ˈbleɪmˌwɜː(ɹ).ði/ Deserving blame or censure; reprehensible. Yes, my life has been blameworthy; I confess it. But you know nothing of its temptations. Ant: praiseworthy …   Wiktionary

  • blameworthy — blame|wor|thy [ˈbleımˌwə:ði US ə:r ] adj deserving blame or disapproval ▪ blameworthy conduct …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blameworthy — adjective formal deserving blame or disapproval: blameworthy conduct …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • blameworthy — adjective there is no longer any no doubt that Otis is the blameworthy individual Syn: culpable, reprehensible, indefensible, inexcusable, guilty, criminal, delinquent, wrong, evil, wicked; to blame, at fault, reproachable, responsible,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

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