Blame vs Onus - What's the difference?

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Blame is a synonym of onus.

As a verb blame

is .

As a noun onus is




Etymology 1

(etyl), from (etyl)


  • Censure.
  • Blame came from all directions.
  • Culpability for something negative or undesirable.
  • The blame for starting the fire lies with the arsonist.
  • Responsibility for something meriting censure.
  • They accepted the blame , but it was an accident.
    Derived terms
    * put the blame on
    See also
    * fault

    Etymology 2

    (etyl), from (etyl) blasmer, from . Compare (blaspheme)


  • To censure (someone or something); to criticize.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.ii:
  • though my loue be not so lewdly bent, / As those ye blame , yet may it nought appease / My raging smart [...].
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  • These peculiarities of Dorothea's character caused Mr. Brooke to be all the more blamed in neighboring families for not securing some middle-aged lady as guide and companion to his nieces.
  • * 1919 , (Saki), ‘The Oversight’, The Toys of Peace :
  • That was the year that Sir Richard was writing his volume on Domestic Life in Tartary . The critics all blamed it for a lack of concentration.
  • * 2006 , Clive James, North Face of Soho , Picador 2007, p. 106:
  • I covered the serious programmes too, and indeed, right from the start, I spent more time praising than blaming .
  • (obsolete) To bring into disrepute.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.viii:
  • For knighthoods loue, do not so foule a deed, / Ne blame your honour with so shamefull vaunt / Of vile reuenge.
  • 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.
    * reproach, take to task, upbraid * (consider that someone is the cause of something negative) hold to account
    Derived terms
    * blamer




  • A legal obligation.
  • The onus is on the landlord to make sure the walls are protected from mildew.
  • (uncountable) Burden of proof, onus probandi
  • The onus is on those who disagree with my proposal to explain why.
  • Stigma.
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  • Blame.
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  • Responsibility; burden.
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  • Anagrams

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