verb ac·cuse \ə-ˈkyüz\

: to blame (someone) for something wrong or illegal : to say that someone is guilty of a fault or crime


Full Definition of ACCUSE

transitive verb
:  to charge with a fault or offense :  blame
:  to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process
intransitive verb
:  to bring an accusation
ac·cus·er \ə-ˈkyü-zər\ noun
ac·cus·ing·ly \-ˈkyü-ziŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of ACCUSE

  1. <she was accused of lying on the employment application>

Origin of ACCUSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French accuser, from Latin accusare to call to account, from ad- + causa lawsuit
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Legal Terms

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ACCUSINGLY Defined for Kids


verb ac·cuse \ə-ˈkyüz\

Definition of ACCUSE for Kids

:  to blame for something wrong or illegal <She accused him of stealing.>
ac·cus·er noun


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