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 accuse (audio) \ noun

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Examples of accuse in a Sentence

she was accused of lying on the employment application
Recent Examples on the Web About a month into the vice president's assignment, she's already garnered the ire of Republicans like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who accuse Harris of not doing enough. Rick Klein, ABC News, "Contradictions shape Biden presidency as 100-day mark approaches: The Note," 26 Apr. 2021 The decision is drawing ire from Republicans who accuse Democrats of hypocrisy after railing against Donald Trump for attempting to overturn the presidential election, and of trying to pad their narrow House majority. Time, "A Democrat Is Challenging the Election Result in Her District. Republicans Are Seizing the Moment," 26 Mar. 2021 Cheney, who Trump has targeted by name, is fending off pro-Trump forces who accuse her of betraying the former president through her impeachment vote. Soo Rin Kim, ABC News, "Trump’s influence over GOP is tested in early 2022 fundraising," 16 Apr. 2021 Some cyberpolicy critics see Biden's sanctions for SolarWinds spying in more cynical terms: an incoherent, knee-jerk response designed to satisfy anyone who'd accuse the administration of being soft on Russia. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "US Sanctions on Russia Rewrite Cyberespionage's Rules," 15 Apr. 2021 The Texan’s approach has irritated some immigrant advocates, who accuse him of hypocrisy. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Cornyn joins Texas business push for legislation to give ‘Dreamers’ permanent legal status," 2 Feb. 2021 Ramirez is part of the growing number of former Chavez aides who accuse Maduro of squandering the Bolivarian Revolution. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, "Venezuela is quietly quitting socialism," 18 Dec. 2020 Judge Magistrate Jolie Russo ruled in October 2019 that Nike had to produce most of the documents requested by the former employees, who accuse the company of routinely paying women employees less than men doing the same job. oregonlive, "Courts reject Nike’s effort to keep executives' info secret in discrimination suit," 18 Nov. 2020 His proposals have won cautious praise from critics on the left who accuse the U.S. military of ongoing overreach abroad. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "In rare rebuke of Trump, NATO chief warns against troop cuts in Afghanistan," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of accuse was in the 13th century

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“Accuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accuse. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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