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.
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Recent Examples on the Web As with when it was said then, such accusations are baseless, reductive, and ultimately harmful to the cinema's artistic health; no piece of media can or should be held wholly responsible for the actions of those who consume it. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch in theaters or stream at home this weekend," 13 Mar. 2020 The accusations against Fifth Third are eerily similar to those levied by the same regulator against Wells Fargo in 2016. Alexander Coolidge,, "Feds file lawsuit against Fifth Third, says it set up accounts without customers' knowledge," 10 Mar. 2020 One of the most serious accusations involves the elevator, which has been out of order for nine months, tenants say, forcing elderly and disabled renters to labor up to five floors on foot. Los Angeles Times, "AIDS Healthcare vowed to do homeless housing better. Tenants say it’s a ‘slumlord’," 8 Mar. 2020 But non-disclosure agreements kept many of those accusations hidden from the public for decades. CBS News, "Gretchen Carlson and the complicated truth about NDAs," 1 Mar. 2020 Twice last year, in ballots in April and then in September, Israels tried to decide whether accusations of corruption against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, their longest-serving premier, were serious enough to run him out of office. Gabby Sobelman,, "Israel’s ‘zombie’ voters stagger to a third election, but figure on a fourth," 29 Feb. 2020 While there was no truth to it, the accusation was a powerful one: The first to be targeted in the mid-14th century were Jewish communities. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Hysteria over coronavirus in Italy is reminiscent of the black death," 24 Feb. 2020 Officials have acknowledged that some university employees were aware of accusations against the doctor prior to a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation. Detroit Free Press, "Olympic wrestler adds to abuse allegations against University of Michigan doctor," 21 Feb. 2020 The accusations are in a new arrest warrant issued in Collin County for 78-year-old Richard Thomas Brown, a former Dallas diocesan priest. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Ex-Dallas, Plano priest faces second charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child," 12 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of accusation was in the 14th century

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28 Mar 2020

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“Accusation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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 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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