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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As recently as a few months ago, people were questioning Chris and his intentions (many accused him of dating her for money). Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Amy Roloff and Boyfriend Chris Marek Heat Up Instagram With a New Photo Shoot," 29 Oct. 2018 Previous employers had occasionally misinterpreted his skill as laziness and accused him of not having logged sufficient time with the mop. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell wrote a satirical novel about tech and published it all on Medium," 2 Oct. 2018 Leo then accuses Kendall of faking her feelings for him. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 6 Recap: Goodbye, Kenny," 27 Aug. 2018 The Turkish government accuses Gulen of orchestrating the July 2016 failed coup attempt against the Erdogan government. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "NBA star Kanter gets 'three or four death threats every week'," 12 July 2018 Trump accuses China of unfair trade practices, such as subsidizing certain industries and ripping off American intellectual property. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Taxing oxygen? It could happen. President Trump threatens wide-ranging tariffs on China," 11 July 2018 The lawsuit, filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court, accuses Sativa of failing to provide quality drinking water, misappropriating taxpayer dollars and causing a financial burden on its low-income customers in Compton and Willowbrook. Angel Jennings, latimes.com, "Customers sue embattled Compton water district over discolored water," 10 July 2018 Specifically, the lawsuit accuses the hospital of breaching its fiduciary duty to protect patient privacy under Missouri law. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Children’s Mercy faces class action lawsuit over data breach affecting thousands," 10 July 2018 The warrant accuses Brown of hitting a Bennie Vines Jr., who was hired by a club in Tampa to take pictures during an event hosted by Brown in April 2017. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Chris Brown Arrested After Concert in Florida," 6 July 2018

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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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