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 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 Bahrain has been shaken by occasional eruptions of popular discontent, mostly among its Shiite Muslim majority, who accuse its Sunni Muslim rulers of systemic discrimination. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Khalifa Bin Salman al-Khalifa, Leader of Bahrain’s Government, Dies at 84," 11 Nov. 2020 Republicans are largely ignoring criticism by Democrats, who accuse them of being too fearful to challenge Trump. Washington Examiner, "'Quit the hand-wringing': Senate GOP stands by Trump election challenge," 10 Nov. 2020 Government critics accuse the authorities of aggressively harnessing prosecutorial powers to promote those in power. Vanessa Gera, chicagotribune.com, "Polish writer faces 3 years in prison for calling nation’s president a ‘moron’ on Facebook," 23 Mar. 2021 The senators, led by Barrasso, accuse Interior of overstating the emissions associated with fossil fuel extraction on public lands. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Biden infrastructure plans fall short of marker set by left wing," 23 Mar. 2021

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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 17 Apr. 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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