Blame vs. Accused - What's the difference?


  • Blame

    Blame is the act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible, the opposite of praise. When someone is morally responsible for doing something wrong their action is blameworthy. By contrast, when someone is morally responsible for doing something right, we may say that his or her action is praiseworthy. There are other senses of praise and blame that are not ethically relevant. One may praise someone's good dress sense, and blame their own sense of style for their own dress sense.


  • Blame (noun)


    "Blame came from all directions."

  • Blame (noun)

    Culpability for something negative or undesirable.

    "The blame for starting the fire lies with the arsonist."

  • Blame (noun)

    Responsibility for something meriting censure.

    "They accepted the blame, but it was an accident."

  • Blame (noun)

    A source control feature that can show which user was responsible for a particular portion of the source code.

  • Blame (verb)

    To censure (someone or something); to criticize.

  • Blame (verb)

    To bring into disrepute.

  • Blame (verb)

    To assert or consider that someone is the cause of something negative; to place blame, to attribute responsibility (for something negative or for doing something negative).

    "The arsonist was blamed for the fire."

  • Accused (verb)

    simple past tense and past participle of accuse

  • Accused (noun)

    The person charged with an offense; the defendant in a criminal case.

  • Accused (adjective)

    Having been accused; being the target of accusations.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Accused (noun)

    a person or group of people who are charged with or on trial for a crime

    "two of the accused were sentenced to thirteen years in prison"

    "the accused was ordered to stand trial on a number of charges"

Webster Dictionary

  • Blame

    To censure; to express disapprobation of; to find fault with; to reproach.

  • Blame

    To bring reproach upon; to blemish.

  • Blame (noun)

    An expression of disapprobation fir something deemed to be wrong; imputation of fault; censure.

  • Blame (noun)

    That which is deserving of censure or disapprobation; culpability; fault; crime; sin.

  • Blame (noun)

    Hurt; injury.

  • Accused (adjective)

    Charged with offense; as, an accused person.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Blame (noun)

    an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed;

    "his incrimination was based on my testimony"

    "the police laid the blame on on the driver"

  • Blame (noun)

    a reproach for some lapse or misdeed;

    "he took the blame for it"

    "it was a bum rap"

  • Blame (verb)

    put or pin the blame on

  • Blame (verb)

    harass with constant criticism;

    "Don't always pick on your little brother"

  • Blame (verb)

    attribute responsibility to;

    "We blamed the accident on her"

    "The tragedy was charged to her inexperience"

  • Blame (adjective)

    expletives used informally as intensifiers;

    "he's a blasted idiot"

    "it's a blamed shame"

    "a blame cold winter"

    "not a blessed dime"

    "I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or goddamned) if I'll do any such thing"

    "he's a damn (or goddam or goddamned) fool"

    "a deuced idiot"

    "tired or his everlasting whimpering"

    "an infernal nuisance"

  • Accused (noun)

    a defendant in a criminal proceeding

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