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 Productivity, biohacking, and control are all factors that play into the branding of intermittent fasting as something positive instead of the more accusatory responses women often faced for restrictive diet choices. Hope Corrigan, Quartz, "The damaging double standard behind intermittent fasting," 25 Nov. 2019 The planning board allowed members of the audience to question Haymarket’s witnesses, and some went on accusatory tangents that had little to do with the witnesses’ expertise. John Keilman,, "Long-delayed meeting on proposed Itasca drug rehab center brings suspicion, rancor but few answers," 17 Oct. 2019 Their remarks become increasingly accusatory — apparently there is some negative history between them and Jason — and even abusive., "Most read on," 11 Oct. 2019 The messages are hateful, accusatory and downright unkind. Katie Hurley, Washington Post, "Three ways to teach kids to find compassion and empathy behind the screen," 9 Sep. 2019 Williams, who appeared to be hopping mad and, in the process, maybe hopping higher than any bounce house customer, charged that Ferguson was being threatening and accusatory. Steve Rubenstein,, "Bounce house bounces out of Oakland — too much goose poop," 6 Sep. 2019 But as the day wore on, tempers remained calm, former strangers at tables talked easily and neckties hung open — far from the accusatory climate of recent weeks. John Leland, New York Times, "Wrangling Begins in Queens D.A. Recount, Recalling Florida Intrigue in 2000," 15 July 2019 This isn’t accusatory; just something worth considering. Jon Wertheim,, "50 Parting Thoughts From Wimbledon 2019," 14 July 2019 This form of rebellion journalism makes Martin seem an accusatory ingrate rather than an artist with a personal vision whose endeavors are worthy of respect. Armond White, National Review, "The New York Times’ Black-Film Roundtable Ignores Black American Excellence," 10 July 2019

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

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9 Dec 2019

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“Accusatory.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of accusatory

: accusing or blaming someone : assigning blame or fault


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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