accuse

verb ac·cuse \ ə-ˈkyüz \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of accuse

accused; accusing
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.
intransitive verb
: to bring an accusation

accuser

play \ə-ˈkyü-zər\ noun

Examples of accuse in a Sentence

  1. she was accused of lying on the employment application

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1cause



ACCUSE Defined for English Language Learners

accuse

verb

Definition of accuse for English Language Learners

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


ACCUSE Defined for Kids

accuse

verb ac·cuse \ ə-ˈkyüz \

Definition of accuse for Students

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

accuser

noun

Law Dictionary

accuse

verb ac·cuse

legal Definition of accuse

accused; accusing
transitive verb
: to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process — compare indict
intransitive verb
: to make or bring an accusation

accuser

noun

Origin and Etymology of accuse

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



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