Mnemonic – pizza gulpable but deserving blame for making one fat
Word – Culpable
Meaning – deserving blame
Part of Speech – adjective
Synonyms – guilty, liable, blameworthy
Antonyms – blameless, innocent, inculpable
1 The industrial waste dumped in the rivers was culpable for the death of many people.
2 He was found culpable of war crimes during the Hitler regime and was sentenced to death.
3 He was charged with culpable homicide of his wife for her property and insurance.
4 The jury decided that he was culpable for the death of his wife.
5 The captain of the ship made a culpable delay in taking a decision which led to disaster.
6 He missed an important goal in the finals and was culpable in the eyes of millions of fans.
Under the Lens: Deserving Blame, Blameworthy & Culpable
Culpable and blameworthy are used to assign blame for a misdeed, failure etc.
Blameworthy is a more general word and its tone can be neutral. Blameworthy can even be used to express mild criticism.
Ex – She is blameworthy for not taking proper care of her children.
Culpable stresses on assigning blame and hence punishment for the misdeed. It is a more formal word and is often used in Law.
Ex – The court will determine who was culpable for the accident.