ac·​cu·​sa·​tion | \ ˌa-kyə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce accusation (audio) , -(ˌ)kyü- \

Definition of accusation

1 : a charge of wrongdoing The evidence confirms the accusations made against him. She denied the accusation.
2 : the act of accusing someone : the state or fact of being accused

Examples of accusation in a Sentence

Investigators have made accusations of corruption against a group of former officials. The police are investigating serious accusations of wrongdoing. He denied the accusation that he had lied to the police. There was a hint of accusation in his voice when he asked her where she had been.
Recent Examples on the Web The accusation by former Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon follows similar claims about the same incident against Villanueva from another official earlier this week, according to Los Angeles Times reporting. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 Israel rejects this accusation and halted Jewish visits earlier this month to the elevated plaza, which is home to Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa mosque, in keeping with longstanding practice during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. David S. Cloud, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 McMorrow decried the political attack by Sen. Lana Theis, a Brighton Republican who made the accusation in a recent campaign fundraising email without evidence. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 20 Apr. 2022 Rather, he was accused of falsifying information on his resume and, without being given an opportunity to rebut the accusation, was forced out, the lawsuit says. oregonlive, 18 Apr. 2022 Khan’s former information minister, Fawad Chaudhry, called for the setting up of a judicial commission to investigate the accusation that the U.S. conspired to topple Khan. NBC News, 15 Apr. 2022 Perhaps the greatest accusation against the fledgling system of international justice is hypocrisy. Dahlia Scheindlin, The New Republic, 18 Apr. 2022 The accusation is an ugly one, but Greene isn't the only Republican to make it -- or at least to imply it. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 His attorney, Ron Kozlowski, told The Sun on Saturday that the accusation is unfortunate considering his client has already been through so much the past few years, and now has another hurdle to deal with. Gainesville Sun Staff Report, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of accusation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for accusation

Middle English accusacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin accūsātiōn-, accūsātiō, from accūsāre "to blame, charge with a crime" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at accuse

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“Accusation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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ac·​cu·​sa·​tion | \ ˌa-kyə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce accusation (audio) \

Kids Definition of accusation

: a claim that someone has done something bad or illegal


ac·​cu·​sa·​tion | \ ˌa-kyə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce accusation (audio) \

Legal Definition of accusation

1 : a formal charge of wrongdoing, delinquency, or fault the accused shall enjoy the right…to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusationU.S. Constitution amend. VI — compare allegation, indictment, information
2 : the offense or fault of which one is accused the accusation was murder


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