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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But Johnson, who has been accused of lying to the Queen in order to secure the suspension, has lost control of the process after suffering a series of defeats at the hands of rebel lawmakers. Linda Givetash, NBC News, "Former British Prime Minister David Cameron 'truly sorry' for Brexit divisions," 14 Sep. 2019 The investigation was triggered by complaints from two Democratic state legislators who accused Hammer of violating rules requiring Florida lobbyists to disclose their compensation. Beth Reinhard, sun-sentinel.com, "NRA’s Marion Hammer took low-interest loan from affiliate she leads," 12 Sep. 2019 Now, the abrupt resignation of advocate Ginger McCall, who accused Brown’s general counsel of undue influence and unethical behavior, has blown up into a debacle for the governor. Washington Post, "Resignation of Oregon public records advocate stirs doubts," 12 Sep. 2019 In June, Albania’s elections were boycotted by the main opposition party who accused the prime minister of previous electoral fraud and corruption. Jonathan Kennedy, Quartz, "The anti-vax movement is effectively reversing decades of progress in disease prevention," 11 Sep. 2019 The peer-to-peer home sharing service has also been accused of promoting gentrification. Essence, "Airbnb Works To Clean Up Its Reputation For Racial Discrimination In New 3-Year Report," 11 Sep. 2019 The doctored map went viral, becoming a source of ridicule among many political pundits and late-night talk-show hosts, who accused the president of dishonesty. Jason Samenow, The Denver Post, "NOAA’s support of Trump over its own scientists provokes uproar in weather community," 7 Sep. 2019 The doctored map went viral, becoming a source of ridicule among many political pundits and late-night talk-show hosts, who accused the president of dishonesty. Author: Jason Samenow, Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "NOAA’s support of Trump over its own scientists in hurricane map dispute provokes uproar," 7 Sep. 2019 Powell was attacked once again earlier on Friday by the President, who again accused the Fed of failing to cut rates aggressively enough. Donna Borak, CNN, "Fed's Powell signals a possible rate cut, even as he dismisses recession fears," 6 Sep. 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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