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.
Origin and Etymology of accusation
First Known Use: 14th century
ACCUSATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of accusation for English Language Learners
: a claim that someone has done something wrong or illegal : a charge that someone has committed a fault or crime
ACCUSATION Defined for Kids
Definition of accusation for Students
: a claim that someone has done something bad or illegal
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 accusation — U.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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