1To prove (a person) guilty of a crime; to incriminate. Occasionally without object.
2rare To represent (a thing or action) as criminal; to censure; to condemn.
3rare To accuse of or charge with a crime; to denounce. Compare criminate .
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679), philosopher. From classical Latin crīmināt-, past participial stem of crīminārī or crīmināre to accuse, charge with crime from crīmin-, crīmen. Compare Middle French criminer to accuse.