accusation

noun

ac·​cu·​sa·​tion ˌa-kyə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce accusation (audio)
-(ˌ)kyü-
1
: a charge of wrongdoing
The evidence confirms the accusations made against him.
She denied the accusation.
2
: the act of accusing someone : the state or fact of being accused

Example Sentences

Investigators have made accusations of corruption against a group of former officials. The police are investigating serious accusations of wrongdoing. He denied the accusation that he had lied to the police. There was a hint of accusation in his voice when he asked her where she had been.
Recent Examples on the Web Ericksen was allowed to leave the state after the accusation, settling in the Twin Cities area. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 23 Nov. 2022 The woman’s accusation came weeks before the 2017 NFL Draft, where Conley was projected to be a high first-round pick. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2022 More than half of it was paid out after the first accusation. Stephanie Ebbert, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Nov. 2022 At a later City Council hearing, Department of Education staffers attempted to walk that accusation back, pinning the blame instead on attorneys and consultants who’ve turned filing Carter cases into a business model. Abigail Kramer, ProPublica, 17 Nov. 2022 Set up is also easy — the pieces include murder weapon props, accusation forms, and trophies for the winners — giving everyone more time to get in the mood for crime-solving. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 14 Nov. 2022 Since dismissed the accusation accusations against everyone but one university administrator, the dean of students, Christopher Bowens. Staff Reports, cleveland, 15 Nov. 2022 Johnson rejects the accusation that there are racial undertones to this argument. Time, 4 Nov. 2022 Iran also denied planning any attack this week on Saudi Arabia, with a foreign ministry spokesman calling the accusation baseless and saying that Tehran was engaged in constructive dialogue with neighbors. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English accusacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin accūsātiōn-, accūsātiō, from accūsāre "to blame, charge with a crime" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at accuse

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of accusation was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near accusation

Cite this Entry

“Accusation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accusation. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

accusation

noun

ac·​cu·​sa·​tion ˌak-yə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce accusation (audio)
-yü-
1
: the act of accusing : the fact of being accused
2
: a charge of wrongdoing

Legal Definition

accusation

noun

ac·​cu·​sa·​tion ˌa-kyə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce accusation (audio)
1
: a formal charge of wrongdoing, delinquency, or fault
the accused shall enjoy the right…to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation U.S. Constitution amend. VI
compare allegation, indictment, information
2
: the offense or fault of which one is accused
the accusation was murder
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