ac·cu·sa·tion | \ ˌa-kyə-ˈzā-shən , -(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.
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As Congress returns for the first time since the accusations against Jordan broke, more than three dozen House GOP lawmakers, including the conservative group Jordan helped found, defended him. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Jim Jordan has some powerful political defenders amid the Ohio State sexual abuse allegations," 11 July 2018 The accusations against Russell Simmons continue to mount. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Russell Simmons accused of rape by book publisher's granddaughter," 11 July 2018 Hubly resigned from the district in 2016 after the accusations came to light. Amanda Marrazzo, McHenry County, "Ex-music teacher avoids jail for battery, alcohol offenses after lawyer calls victims 'prima donnas'," 6 July 2018 The accusations against McWain have apparently tainted his reputation as an officer who cared deeply about drug addiction. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "A police officer was making drug arrests — and making money, New Jersey authorities say," 3 July 2018 The accusations against the author surfaced just a few weeks after Diaz revealed, in an essay in The New Yorker, that he had been raped at age 8. Stephanie Ebbert,, "Junot Diaz is cleared in MIT investigation," 18 June 2018 The original accusation against Bryant went down when the fan referenced a Bleacher Report article that asked Bryant if James' 3-6 NBA Finals record affects his legacy. Jenna West,, "Kobe Bryant Claps Back At Fan Who Says He'd Have Won Zero Rings Against Spurs, Warriors," 11 June 2018 The new charges come days after Mueller’s team detailed the accusations against Manafort in court documents. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Mueller Hits Manafort With New Charges, This Time for Obstruction of Justice," 8 June 2018 The accusations came in a pair of letters to the SEC posted on the agency’s website on Tuesday, although the letters were dated Friday, the deadline for submitting comments on the SEC’s proposal. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Exchanges Blast SEC for Plan to Rein In Rebates," 29 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of accusation

: a claim that someone has done something wrong or illegal : a charge that someone has committed a fault or crime


ac·cu·sa·tion | \ ˌa-kyə-ˈzā-shən \

Kids Definition of accusation

: a claim that someone has done something bad or illegal


ac·cu·sa·tion | \ ˌa-kyə-ˈzā-shən \

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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