accusation

noun ac·cu·sa·tion \ ˌa-kyə-ˈzā-shən , -(ˌ)kyü- \
Updated on: 2 Feb 2018

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

  1. Investigators have made accusations of corruption against a group of former officials.

  2. The police are investigating serious accusations of wrongdoing.

  3. He denied the accusation that he had lied to the police.

  4. There was a hint of accusation in his voice when he asked her where she had been.

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Origin and Etymology of 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



ACCUSATION Defined for English Language Learners

accusation

noun

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

accusation

noun ac·cu·sa·tion \ ˌa-kyə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of accusation for Students

: a claim that someone has done something bad or illegal

Law Dictionary

accusation

noun 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 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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