This is from an article in the CBC news:Is there a path to redemption for any of the high-profile men accused of sexual misconduct?

Marcus has a point. That's not to suggest men like Harvey Weinstein, who embody a particularly heinous sort of sexual predator — those who not only victimize prey, but implicate all those around by terrorizing them into silence — deserve any shot at redemption. Nor do men who prey on children.

I tried to apply different entries of 'implicate' to the sentence to figure out the context, but am confused. '3. to affect as a consequence' seems to work. But one of the synonyms 'incriminate' seems to fit the context as well. What is your take on it?

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    involve, compromise, embroil, entangle, inculpate = to make them the silent accomplices of his misdeeds Nov 30, 2017 at 20:49
  • Thank you. Why do I always choose the wrong one, I wonder --;;
    – whitecap
    Nov 30, 2017 at 20:54
  • Don't hurry to blame yourself; it's just my (NNS) opinion. Let's wait for native speakers' comments. Nov 30, 2017 at 21:01
  • I do not think the quote is a very well written sentence. The point may be that the perpetrator attempts to blame the victims. Nov 30, 2017 at 21:15
  • The gist is that Weinstein made those around him accomplices to his actions by intimidating them into silence and acceptance of his behavior.
    – MaxW
    Nov 30, 2017 at 22:20

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He implicates those around the victim and in the workspace: He makes sure that secretaries and assistants and possibly even friends of the victims will keep quiet about anything they see.

Cause someone to bear some of the responsibility for (an action or process, especially a criminal or harmful one)Oxford dictionaries

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    To cause someone to bear.... When someone implicates you, you are implicated. You can also implicate yourself, of course. When I asked you to lie for me, and say I was with you on the night of the 10th, I implicated you in the crime.
    – TimR
    Nov 30, 2017 at 22:36
  • I added the “cause someone” - I contemplated ..anything they see, to make them bear...
    – mplungjan
    Dec 1, 2017 at 5:06

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