You can almost see the word culprit ("wrongdoer") inside our word exculpate ("to clear from the charge of wrongdoing") and inside these other closely related terms:
This word has Latin roots meaning "to (clear) from blame."
"The longer and more often you misremember something, the truer it becomes. Misremembering a bad thing as less bad might liberate a survivor, but it also might exculpate a perpetrator. So the responsibility for that memory becomes a collective one."
Explain the meaning of "exculpate" without saying "to free from blame" or "to clear of any wrongdoing."
Consider how, as a whole, society may never exculpate those who committed atrocities during the Holocaust.
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1. A near opposite of EXCULPATORY is
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