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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An Ohio woman accused of leaving her newborn to die in the woods 26 years ago allegedly admitted to doing the same with another baby two years before that, say police. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Ohio Mom Accused of Leaving Baby to Die in Woods in 1993 Allegedly Admits to 'Similar Crime'," 7 June 2019 Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of the now-62-year-old man accused of killing a family of four from Fallbrook, but their decision will remain under wraps until Monday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Verdict reached in McStay case but under wraps until Monday," 7 June 2019 Of the 33 parents named in an FBI affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston in March, more than half stand accused of conspiring to bribe their way into USC. Matthew Ormseth, latimes.com, "Lori Loughlin and husband could face legal conflict with USC over admissions scandal," 6 June 2019 After four days of testimony, prosecutors rested their case Thursday against Brenda Delgado, the woman accused of crafting the 2015 plot to murder a Dallas pediatric dentist. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Both sides rest in trial of Brenda Delgado, the woman accused of plotting Dallas dentist's slaying," 6 June 2019 The journalists stand accused of helping foreign news outlets publish the verdict. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Australia’s Media Raids and the Decline of Press Freedom Worldwide," 6 June 2019 Companies accused of patent-infringement often file petitions with the review board, which works more quickly than district court. Julie Verhage, Fortune, "Flywheel Hopes to Leave Peloton's Claims of Patent Infringement in the Dust," 6 June 2019 USA TODAY Pontiac police are looking for a man accused of stabbing his girlfriend’s son during a heated argument about the NBA finals. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "NBA finals argument leads to Pontiac man stabbing girlfriend's son, police say," 6 June 2019 The beating takes 13 seconds and is among the shortest of the videos released by Cuyahoga County of corrections officers accused of abuse and violating the civil-rights of jail inmates. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Video shows Cuyahoga County Jail officer pummel mentally-ill inmate after turning off body camera," 6 June 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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