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 the Saudis did not directly accuse Iran of launching the strikes and refrained from calling for retaliation amid escalating tensions between Iran and the United States, which have raised fears of a wider armed conflict. BostonGlobe.com, "Saudi Arabia said Monday that Iranian weapons had been used in the aerial strikes over the weekend that interrupted much of the kingdom’s oil production. It also said the attacks had not been launched from Yemen, home of the Houthi rebel faction that has claimed responsibility.," 17 Sep. 2019 The Florida man accused of brutally murdering his wife and their four young children allegedly drove around with their bodies in the back of his van for several weeks. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Fla. Mom and Her 4 Slain Kids Were Allegedly in Dad's Van for Weeks as He Faces Murder Charges," 17 Sep. 2019 In July, Rivera defended his support for the president after The Daily Beast published a lengthy, critical story accusing the former player of using his starpower to promote Trump's agenda. David Nakamura, courant.com, "Rejected by sports teams, Trump finds a new method to handpick athletes for White House ceremonies," 17 Sep. 2019 The memorial honoring four black men falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1949 will be placed on the front lawn of the historic courthouse in Tavares. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake moves forward with Groveland Four monument, plans further displays of black history, civil rights," 16 Sep. 2019 Purdue Pharma, a drug manufacturer accused of fueling America’s epidemic of opioid addiction through its sale of the profitable but highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy Sunday. Anchorage Daily News, "Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy," 16 Sep. 2019 Musk is now asking a judge to forgo a trial and a throw out a lawsuit by the caver, Vernon Unsworth, accusing the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX of defamation. SFChronicle.com, "Daily Briefing, Sept. 17," 16 Sep. 2019 The second is that the kits could easily be misused to wrongly accuse or jam up a lover or intimate partner. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Me Too? Nope. Count me and others out on these home rape-kit efforts," 14 Sep. 2019 The five towing companies had been suspended from the city’s towing list after being accused of insurance fraud and price gouging, specifically charging motorists and insurers more than allowed by the city’ towing ordinance. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Mobile cops ended towing ban to save companies and jobs," 14 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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