accuse

verb
ac·​cuse | \ ə-ˈkyüz \
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 \ 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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Oxford was accused of high treason for his crime and was ultimately found not guilty for reasons of insanity, according to the History channel's website. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "15 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Queen Victoria," 8 Jan. 2019 Facebook and Twitter have also been accused of suppressing conservative news and opinions. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Republican lawmakers still think Google is biased against conservatives. Google still claims that it’s not.," 11 Dec. 2018 Most of the men were accused of rock-cocaine possession and had near-identical stories. Jessica Chou, Glamour, "Shawn Holley Will Free You Now," 11 Dec. 2018 There is no evidence that any of the powerful men accused of abusing girls along with Epstein have ever been prosecuted. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 3 Dec. 2018 Earlier this year women around the country staged several demonstrations and created the movement #/IBelieveHer following the acquittal of four men accused of raping a woman. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Women in Ireland Are Posting Images of Their Underwear to Protest Rape Culture," 20 Nov. 2018 In 2016, according to Motherboard, police in the Netherlands arrested a man accused of selling custom PGP smartphones after confiscating servers that sent encrypted messages. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Police decrypt 258,000 messages after breaking pricey IronChat crypto app," 7 Nov. 2018 Umm Ahmed is accused of being the widow of an Islamic State supporter. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 In the lawsuits, the earliest of which was filed in 2013, the city and state accused FedEx of knowingly delivering cigarettes that were unstamped, and therefore, untaxed. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "FedEx Agrees to Pay $35 Million to Settle Cigarette-Shipment Lawsuits," 14 Jan. 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 \
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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