ac·​cu·​sa·​to·​ry | \ ə-ˈkyü-zə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce accusatory (audio) \

Definition of accusatory

: containing or expressing accusation : accusing an accusatory look

Examples of accusatory in a Sentence

He pointed an accusatory finger at the suspect. The book has a harsh, accusatory tone.
Recent Examples on the Web That letter prompted a deluge of social media posts from former students and employees using the accusatory hashtag #CYTKnew. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2022 But the calls kept coming and Kumari's pleas grew more frantic and accusatory, Jha recalls. Pallabi Munsi, CNN, 31 May 2022 But 10 times Fisher invited investigation into Saban’s past in a vague but accusatory way. Mike Rodak |, al, 20 May 2022 And Garland, as her male creator, does not necessarily exempt himself from the implications of his movie’s blunt, accusatory title. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 Hollywood’s changed sensibility from Wyler’s unexpectedly pessimistic old-liberal regret to today’s accusatory, hyper-liberal exploitation. Armond White, National Review, 27 Apr. 2022 The resignation letter prompted a #MeToo-like response from former students and employees using the accusatory hashtag #CYTKnew to share their allegations. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 The beauty mogul, however, is dating comedian Pete Davidson and West has become increasingly accusatory about how Kardashian is handling custody over their four children, North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 7 Feb. 2022 At the start of his career, Weiner used righteous anger like Rembrandt used oils, turning his accusatory howls in the well of the House of Representatives into art. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of accusatory

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accusatory

borrowed from Latin accūsātōrius "of a prosecutor, denunciatory," from accūsātor "prosecutor, accuser" (from accūsāre "to call to account, accuse" + -tor, agent suffix) + -ius, adjective suffix

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“Accusatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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ac·​cus·​a·​to·​ry | \ ə-ˈkyü-zə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce accusatory (audio) \

Legal Definition of accusatory

1 : containing or expressing an accusation the accusatory pleading

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