accuse

verb
ac·​cuse | \ ə-ˈkyüz How to pronounce accuse (audio) \
accused; accusing

Definition of accuse

transitive verb

1 : to charge with a fault or offense : blame He accused her of being disloyal.
2 : to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process He was accused of murder.

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Other Words from accuse

accuser \ ə-​ˈkyü-​zər How to pronounce accuser (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for accuse

Synonyms

charge, criminate, defame [archaic], impeach, incriminate, indict

Antonyms

absolve, acquit, clear, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate

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Examples of accuse in a Sentence

she was accused of lying on the employment application

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Famously, Netscape and it backers also accused their Goliath rival of dirty tricks. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Later, Navigator: How Netscape Won and Then Lost the World Wide Web," 4 Apr. 2019 Ultra-right activists shadowed him throughout the campaign, demanding the jailing of the president’s associates accused in the scandal. Yuras Karmanau, The Seattle Times, "Ukraine comedian leads presidential election, runoff likely," 31 Mar. 2019 But by October, the city had reportedly determined that at least 90% of those accused actually did live in the District. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Access to Education for Black Children Proves Difficult for Their Parents, Creating a Disadvantage," 13 Mar. 2019 Kylie apparently started accusing Travis of cheating on her. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About the Alleged Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner Cheating Scandal," 4 Mar. 2019 But Alqasem was barred from entering the country and ordered deported after being accused of supporting a campaign calling for boycotts, divestments, and sanctions against Israel. Fox News, "US graduate student detained in Israel for alleged pro-Palestinian boycott support," 9 Oct. 2018 China’s Communist Party expelled a senior Chinese police official who once headed Interpol, accusing him of accepting bribes and taking public funds to support what state media called his family’s lavish lifestyle. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Expels Former Interpol President From Communist Party," 27 Mar. 2019 The vlogger also came for Kylie's 30-shade concealer collection, accusing her of copying his liquid lipstick packaging. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Every Time Jeffree Star Has Publicly Feuded With the Kardashian/Jenner Family," 18 Mar. 2019 Many women who don’t want children can rattle off a list of things people have accused them of being: selfish, immoral, cold, greedy, unable to experience real love—just to name a few. Therese Shechter, SELF, "Menopause Was the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me," 13 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of accuse

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for accuse

Middle English acusen, accusen, borrowed from Anglo-French accuser, acuser, borrowed from Latin accūsāre "to blame, censure, charge with a crime," from ad- ad- + -cūsāre, verbal derivative of causa "legal case, reason, cause" — more at cause entry 1

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accuse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of accuse

: to blame (someone) for something wrong or illegal : to say that someone is guilty of a fault or crime

accuse

verb
ac·​cuse | \ ə-ˈkyüz How to pronounce accuse (audio) \
accused; accusing

Kids Definition of accuse

: to blame for something wrong or illegal She accused him of stealing.

Other Words from accuse

accuser noun

accuse

verb
ac·​cuse
accused; accusing

Legal Definition of accuse

transitive verb

: to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process — compare indict

intransitive verb

: to make or bring an accusation

Other Words from accuse

accuser noun

History and Etymology for accuse

Latin accusare to find fault with, charge with a crime, from ad to, at + causa legal case, trial

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