accusation

noun
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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Since Pulitzer Prize-winning reports from the New York Times and the New Yorker in October 2017 detailed accusations against Weinstein by several women, scores more have come forward with similar tales of intimidation, harassment and assault. Author: Elahe Izadi, Anchorage Daily News, "Harvey Weinstein indicted on new sexual-assault charges, could face life in prison," 2 July 2018 Tripp denies accusations of sabotage and is claiming whistleblower status. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Tesla vs Former Employee Story Takes Bizarre Twist With an Alleged Threat," 21 June 2018 The accusations against Islip comes as voting rights have re-emerged as a powerful issue across the country. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Lawsuit Says Voting System in Long Island Town Shuts Out Latinos," 18 June 2018 Gleason’s accusations came to light in the letter, submitted to Kimba M. Wood, the Manhattan federal judge overseeing the Cohen investigation. Alan Feuer, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawyer for 2 women who say they were Schneiderman victims talked to Cohen," 11 May 2018 By November, accusations of assault and harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein had triggered similar reports against other men. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "The Sexting Scandal That Toppled One of America’s Most Powerful Lawyers," 13 July 2018 Bytedance and Tencent later swapped accusations of tolerating smear campaigns against the other on their apps, and filed police reports about defamatory posts. The Economist, "A Chinese music-video app is making WeChat sweat," 12 July 2018 Beijing, which has denied U.S. accusations of unfair trade policies, has retaliated against previous tariffs with levies on U.S. goods and is expected to do so again. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Senators blast Trump's 'reckless' tariffs, warn of impact on farmers, businesses," 12 July 2018 The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office soon dumped all the cases, including the accusations of fleeing and eluding and the rape case. Charles Rabin, Jay Weaver And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on blacks, probe found," 12 July 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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accusation

noun

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

accusation

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

Kids Definition of accusation

: a claim that someone has done something bad or illegal

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 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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