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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

His government faced accusations of human rights abuses with critics jailed and free press stifled. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Robert Mugabe has died leaving behind a conflicted legacy," 6 Sep. 2019 Kelly has faced accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropriate encounters with girls and young women for more than two decades. Omar Jimenez And Doug Criss, CNN, "R. Kelly's trial date on sexual misconduct charges is set for April," 5 Sep. 2019 In the past, Connecticut lawsuits have targeted the Boy Scouts of America for not knowing about abuses or arrests of scout leaders or allowing those facing accusations to take leadership roles despite knowing about the allegations. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Three Connecticut men plan to use New Jersey law to sue Boy Scouts of America for decades-old sexual abuse," 30 Aug. 2019 In a June article, HuffPost noted that the retailer faced similar accusations in 2017 when a video of black shoppers accusing a white store associate of racial profiling went viral. Jessica Schiffer, Teen Vogue, "Inside SephoraNoir, A Dedicated Resource Group for Black Sephora Employees," 29 Aug. 2019 Adebisi Okuneye, 23, and Leopold Hauser, 22, face third-degree assault accusations in the alleged attack, court records show., "Man in MAGA hat clashed with different Portland bar crowd before his alleged assault, video shows," 27 Aug. 2019 Likewise, investigators probably explored whether Walton has ever faced similar accusations or if Tennant’s claims are unique. Michael Mccann,, "Examining Every Aspect of the Luke Walton Investigation and Considering Next Steps," 27 Aug. 2019 Qutoutiao has also faced accusations of copyright infringement. Echo Huang, Quartz, "Here are your four apps to understand China’s grassroots consumers," 21 Aug. 2019 The counterclaim, filed last week, also includes an accusation that Mayor Sandy Stimpson and City Attorney Ricardo Wood violated the very mediation process that has kept the dispute out of public view for more than half a year. al, "Mobile council files counterclaim to Stimpson lawsuit," 22 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'accusation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about accusation

Statistics for accusation

Last Updated

13 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for accusation

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for accusation



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on accusation

What made you want to look up accusation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


readily or continually undergoing change

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!